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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Southeast Alaska landscape. Photo: Mandy Lindeberg

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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 species—principally marine mammals—and to protect and enhance Alaska's marine habitat.

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Public Comment Periods

  • Notice of a request for an extension of a current information collection for the fishery capacity reduction program buyback requests. Comment period through January 23, 2015.
  • Notice that Brianna Witteveen, Ph.D., of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, has applied for a permit to take multiple cetacean species for the purpose of scientific research, with additional takes of several pinniped species by incidental harassment, within the Gulf of Alaska. Comment period through December 22, 2014.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the National Saltwater Angler Registry Program. Comment period through January 12, 2015.
  • Notice that the Department of Commerce and the Department of the Interior jointly propose an updated Framework for the National System of Marine Protected Areas of the United States. Comment period through December 26, 2014.
  • Notice of a request for a new information collection on the non-economic valuation of subsistence salmon in Alaska. Comment period through December 22, 2014.
  • Notice of a request for an extension to a currently approved information collection for the Alaska Commercial Operator's Annual Report. Comment period through December 22, 2014.
  • Notice of a request for a new information collection for a catcher/processor socio-cultural study to show the social impacts of regulations on individuals within the GOA groundfish trawl fishery. Comment period through December 22, 2014.
  • Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the environmental impacts of issuing Incidental Take Authorizations (ITAs) pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) for the taking of marine mammals incidental to anthropogenic activities in the waters of Cook Inlet, Alaska. NMFS will hold a public scoping meeting to begin the scoping process. Comments, written statements, and questions regarding the scoping process and preparation of the EIS must be received no later than December 29, 2014.
  • Notice of availability that the North Pacific Fishery Management Council has submitted Amendment 104 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI. If approved, this amendment would designate six areas of skate egg concentration as Habitat Areas of Particular Concern. Comment period through December 8, 2014.
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Sea anemone Steller sea lions Kodiak harbor
Banner photos by: Dave Csepp, Mandy Lindberg, and Bob Stone of NOAA Fisheries' Auke Bay Laboratories.