First time NOAA Fisheries has had a report of a dead sperm whale in Alaska's Inside Passage

Comment Periods

  • NMFS has received a request from Hilcorp Alaska LLC (Hilcorp) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to oil and gas activities in Cook Inlet, Alaska, over the course of five years (2019-2024).  Comments and information must be received no later than May 1, 2019.

  • Proposed regulations to implement catch handling and monitoring requirements to allow Pacific halibut (halibut) bycatch to be sorted on the deck of trawl catcher/processors and motherships participating in the non-pollock groundfish fisheries off Alaska.  Comments must be received by May 16, 2019.

  • The Bering Sea and Aleutian Island Crab Rationalization Program (CR Program) includes a comprehensive economic data collection program requiring participants to complete annual Economic Data Reports (EDRs). These EDRs are intended to aid the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to assess the performance of the CR Program and to develop amendments to the FMP or regulations to mitigate any unintended consequences of the CR Program.  Written comments must be submitted on or before May 6, 2019.

  • Notice of an extension of a currently approved information collection that contains applications, permits, and reports necessary to manage the CQE Program. The CQE Program allocates to eligible communities in Alaska a portion of the harvest quotas for groundfish, halibut, crab, and prohibited species. Comment period through April 26, 2019.

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