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Preliminary results from the necropsy of a male humpback on Admiralty Island in Southeast Alaska found signs of hemorrhage, bruising, and a fractured skull—indications of trauma likely caused by a vessel strike.

Three West Coast fish stocks rebuilt in 2017, six no longer overfished, finds new report.

The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) prohibits "take" of marine mammals unless an exception or excepmption applies such as the take excemption for subsistence harvests by Alaska Natives.

Comment Periods

  • 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.

  • NMFS proposes regulations to implement Amendment 116 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI FMP). Comment period through July 6, 2018.

  • Notice is hereby given that ABR, Inc. Environmental Research and Services, P.O. Box 80410, Fairbanks, AK 99708, has applied in due form for a permit to conduct research on 12 species of marine mammals. Comment period through July 2, 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.

NOAA Fisheries recommends the status of the North Pacific right whale should remain as endangered.