NOAA Fisheries Alaska
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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Humpback whale tails. Photo: Dave Csepp

About Us

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 changes to the regulations concerning ESA petitions, to improve the content and specificity of petitions and to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the petitions process to support species conservation. Comment period through July 20, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer Program. Comment period through July 20, 2015.
  • Notice that NMFS has received an application from Hilcorp Alaska, LLC. for an Incidental Harassment Authorization to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to shallow geohazard survey in the Beaufort Sea, Alaska. Comment period through June 15, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for a revision and an extension of a currently approved information collection for the environmental compliance questionnaire for NOAA federal financial assistance applicants. Comment period through July 13, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for permits for incidental taking of endangered or threatened species. Comment period through June 5, 2015.
  • Notice that NOAA is soliciting nominations for two individuals to serve as U.S. Commissioners to the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Nominations accepted through June 4, 2015. Public comments relating to the nominees will be accepted through July 9, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for customer feedback on services and/or products. Comment period through May 27, 2015.
  • Notice of a proposed information collection for the observer programs. Comment period through June 22, 2015.
  • Proposed rule to revise the listing status of humpback whales. This proposal would divide the globally listed endangered species into 14 distinct population segments (DPS), remove the current species-level listing, and in its place list two DPS's as endangered and two DPS's as threatened. Comment period through July 20, 2015.
  • Notice of a request to revise a current information collection for the marine mammal health and stranding response program. Comment period through May 26, 2015.
  • Proposed rule to revise the guidelines for National Standards (NS) 1, 3, and 7 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) and to the General sections of the NS guidelines. The purpose of this action is to facilitate compliance with requirements of the MSA to end and prevent overfishing, rebuild overfished stocks, and to achieve optimum yield. Comment period through June 30, 2015.
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Banner photos by: Dave Csepp, Mandy Lindberg, and Bob Stone of NOAA Fisheries' Auke Bay Laboratories.