$8.2 million will leverage resources and establish lasting partnerships in support of productive and sustainable fisheries, healthy ecosystems, and resilient communities.

NOAA Fisheries announced recommendations to fund 38 projects for almost $9 million under the 2018 Saltonstall-Kennedy Competitive Grants Program. 

The U.S. Commerce Department announced the appointment of 30 members to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NOAA Fisheries to manage ocean fish stocks.

Comment Periods

  • NMFS has received a request from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University (L–DEO) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to a marine geophysical survey in the North Pacific Ocean. Comment period through July 30, 2018.

  • Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), in order to assess the impacts of issuing annual catch limits for the subsistence harvest of bowhead whales by Alaska Natives from 2019 onward. Comment period through July 31, 2018.

  • The North Pacific Fishery Management Council submitted Amendment 116 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the BSAI to the Secretary of Commerce for review. If approved, Amendment 116 would limit access to the BSAI Trawl Limited Access Sector yellowfin sole directed fishery by vessels delivering to motherships. Comment period through July 17, 2018.

  • Public comments on proposed government programs are a valuable tool for ensuring implementation of effective and appropriate regulations.

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International Pacific Halibut Commission Commissioner nominations and letters of support were accepted through Feb. 28. Nominees will be vetted by the Department of Commerce and Department of State and forwarded to the Office of the President for consideration for presidential appointments.