Alaska Marine Mammal Observer Program
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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Fishing gear. Photo: MGC, AFSC

Alaska Marine Mammal Observer Program (AMMOP)

NMFS is not operating the Alaska Marine Mammal Observer Program due to a lack of available resources to fund additional observations of the southeast Alaska salmon drift gillnet fishery. We will reassess future AMMOP activities as funding permits

Southeast Alaska Drift Gillnet Fishery: 2012-2013

Petersburg Harbor
Petersburg Harbor, Alaska. Photo: NOAA Fisheries

Fishing operations in the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Management Areas 6 & 8 and Anita Bay terminal harvest area for the Southeast Alaska salmon drift gillnet fishery (Category II fishery) were monitored in the 2012 and 2013 fishing seasons.


AMMOP in Wrangell and Petersburg 2012-13



About the Alaska Marine Mammal Observer Program


NMFS is mandated by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to measure and report on the effects of commercial fisheries on marine mammal stocks. One of the ways NMFS gathers this information is through the Marine Mammal Observer Program .

The purpose of the Marine Mammal Observer Program is to:

sorting salmon
Sorting salmon. Photo: NOAA Fisheries

  • obtain reliable estimates of incidental serious injury and mortality of marine mammals and seabirds,
  • determine the reliability of reports submitted by vessel owners and operators,
  • identify changes in fishing methods or technology that may increase or decrease incidental serious injury or mortality,
  • collect biological samples to support and promote scientific studies,
  • record data on by-catch and discard levels of all species.

General Information


AMMOP Overview


AMMOP in Yakutat 2007-08


Related Information


Bycatch Estimation Reports


Program Coordinator


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