The Alaska Region of NOAA Fisheries oversees sustainable fisheries that produce about half the fish caught in US waters, with responsibilities covering 842,000 square nautical miles off Alaska. The Alaska Region also works to ensure the viability of protected speciesprincipally marine mammalsand to protect and enhance Alaska's marine habitat.
In the News
- NOAA to review status of harbor seals in Iliamna Lake, seeks public comment
- NOAA releases Steller sea lion protection measures for public comment
- Actions by the Alaska Division of NOAA’s Law Enforcement protect one of world's most valuable, sustainable fisheries
- Arctic oil and gas activities
- Marine Mammal Authorization Program
- Sport halibut
- Federal fisheries observer program
Public Comment Periods
- Notice of availability of a draft Environmental Impact Statement regarding the Steller sea lion protection measures for groundfish fisheries in the BSAI management areas. Comment period through July 16, 2013.
- Notice that NMFS has announced a 90- day finding on a petition to list the Pacific harbor seals in Iliamna Lake as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Comment period through July 16, 2013.
- Notice that NMFS has received an application from Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. for an Incidental Harassment Authorization to take marine mammals, by harassment only, incidental to a marine surveys program in the Chukchi Sea, Alaska, during the open water season of 2013. Comment period through June 13, 2013.
- Notice that Tamara McGuire, LGL Alaska Research Associates, Inc., Anchorage, AK, applied for a permit to conduct research on Cook Inlet beluga whales. Comment period through June 3, 2013.
- Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Effects of Oil and Gas Activities in the Arctic Ocean. Comment period through May 28, 2013.
- Proposed rule to amend the hired master regulations of the IFQ program for the fixed-gear commercial Pacific halibut and sablefish fisheries in the BSAI. Comment period through May 28, 2013.
- Notice of proposed List of Fisheries for 2013, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Comment period through May 22, 2013.
- Notice of a proposal that each cooperative in the Crab Rationalization Program provide an annual report the NPFMC to describe the measures it is taking to increase the transfer of quota share to active participants and crew members. Comment period through June 11, 2012.
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