Marine Mammal and Fisheries Interactions

The Alaska Region (AKR) has been actively addressing marine mammal incidental take in federal and state commercial fisheries off Alaska since 1989 and in foreign fisheries since the early 1980s.  AKR responsibilities and activities include: authorization of incidental takes, monitoring and data collection by fishery observers, public and industry outreach and education, consultations under the Endangered Species Act, research, regulatory action, and participation in the development national and regional plans and policies to reduce the incidental take of marine mammals in commercial fisheries. The Alaska Region coordinates with local, regional, national agencies, organizations, and experts in its efforts to reduce incidental takes. 

Statutory Authorization and Goals

Incidental Take Authorization

Incidental Take Data

Related Information

Contact Information

Suzie Teerlink
PH: (907) 586-7240
Suzie.Teerlink@noaa.gov