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Unique program offers charter fishing anglers additional halibut fishing opportunities

More than $2.3 million will go to partners to support innovative bycatch reduction research projects.

Prescott Grants support a core mission of NOAA Fisheries – the conservation and recovery of protected marine species – by helping to improve our national marine mammal stranding response capabilities.

Comment Periods

  • NMFS proposes 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications, apportionments, and Pacific halibut prohibited species catch limits for the groundfish fishery of the Gulf of Alaska.  Comment period through January 7, 2019.

  • This notice announces the receipt of an application and the public comment period for an exempted fishing permit from the Aleut Corporation. If granted, this permit would allow the applicant to test methods to minimize bycatch of Pacific ocean perch in the Aleutian Islands pollock fishery.  Comment period through December 11, 2018.

  • This notice announces receipt of an exempted fishing permit (EFP) application from Mr. Cory Lescher and Dr. Bradley Harris, Alaska Pacific University. If granted, this EFP would allow up to five Amendment 80 vessels in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area yellowfin and rock sole fisheries to retain red king crab bycatch on board for periods of no more than 72 hours during the 2019 BSAI flatfish fisheries "A" season.  Comment period through December 11, 2018.

  • NMFS issues this notice to inform persons of their eligibility to vote and the voting period for the proposed second fishing capacity reduction program loan in the Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishery. This notice informs the public of the permanent permit holders eligible to vote in the referendum. The referendum, if approved, will result in a loan of $10.1 million and permanently retire an additional 36 permits from the fishery.  The referendum voting period will start January 15, 2019 and end on February 14, 2019. Any votes not received by NMFS by 5 p.m. on February 14, 2019, will not be counted. Comment period through January 2, 2019.

  • NMFS proposes 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications, apportionments, and prohibited species catch allowances for the groundfish fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) management area.  Comment period through January 7, 2019.

  • Notice of a proposal for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the North Pacific Observer Program. Comment period ends within 30 days of publication of this notice.

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

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BSAI catch data are through November 10, 2018.

2018 Gulf of Alaska catch data are through November 10, 2018.