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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Fishing gear. Photo: MGC, AFSC

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The Alaska Region of NOAA Fisheries oversees sustainable fisheries that produce about half the fish caught in US waters, with responsibilities covering 842,000 square nautical miles off Alaska. The Alaska Region also works to ensure the viability of protected species—principally marine mammals—and to protect and enhance Alaska's marine habitat.

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Public Comment Periods

  • Proposed rule to change criteria for submission, approval, surrender, revision, and receipt of a Federal Fishing Permit (FFP) or Federal Processor Permit (FPP) application form. Comment period through May 19, 2014.
  • Notice that the Alaska SeaLife Center has applied for a permit to conduct research on Steller sea lions. Comment period through May 19, 2014.
  • Notice of an application from BP Exploration for an Incidental Harassment Authorization to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting a shallow geohazard survey in Foggy Island Bay, Beaufort Sea during the 2014 open water season. Comment period through May 16, 2014.
  • Notice of an application from BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. (BP) for an IHA to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting an oceanbottom sensor seismic survey in Prudhoe Bay, Beaufort Sea, Alaska, during the 2014 open water season. Comment period through May 15, 2014.
  • Notice of an amendment to an application from Tamara McGuire, LGL Alaska Research Associates, Inc., to conduct research on Cook Inlet beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas). Comment period through May 15, 2014.
  • Notice that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation, Juneau, AK, (Principal Investigator: Michael Rehberg), has applied for a permit to take marine mammals for purposes of scientific research in Alaska. Comment period through May 9, 2014.
  • Notice that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation, Juneau, AK (Principal Investigator: Lori Quakenbush), has applied for an amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 1461002. Comment period through May 9, 2014.
  • Notice of receipt of application from Buccaneer Alaska Operation, LLC for an Incidental Harassment Authorization to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting a multi-well offshore exploratory drilling program in upper Cook Inlet during the 2014 open water season. Comment period through May 7, 2014.
  • Notice that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation, has applied for an amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 15324 for taking multiple pinnipeds species in Alaska. Comment period through May 5, 2014.
  • Notice that Mervi Kunnasranta, of the University of Eastern Finland, has applied for a permit to conduct commercial and educational photography on harbor seals at Lake Illiamna, AK. Comment period through May 5, 2014.
  • Notice that NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center has applied for two amendments to Scientific Research Permit No. 14097-03. Comment period through May 2, 2014.
  • Notice that the Alaska SeaLife Center has applied for a permit to conduct research on captive Steller sea lions. Comment period through April 28, 2014.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the Pacific halibut fishery in Alaska. The purpose of this collection is to obtain information on halibut fishing efforts and harvest by all user groups. Comment period through May 23, 2014.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the BSAI Crab fisheries. Comment period through May 23, 2014
  • Notice that NOAA's National Marine Laboratory, John Bengtson, Ph.D., has applied for a permit to conduct research on Steller sea lions. Comment period through April 23, 2014.
  • Notice of a request for a new information collection. The NPFMC is requesting each sector in the BSAI Groundfish fisheries voluntarily provide a progress report for implementing measures to minimize the incidental catch of halibut. These progress reports are to be provided to the NPFMC at its June 2014 meeting. Comment period through May 5, 2014.
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Sea anemone Steller sea lions Kodiak harbor
Banner photos by: Dave Csepp, Mandy Lindberg, and Bob Stone of NOAA Fisheries' Auke Bay Laboratories.