Sustainable Fisheries in Alaska

Alaska produces about 60 percent of seafood harvested domestically in the United States. That’s about 6 billion pounds annually, valued at nearly $2 billion. Alaska is also home to the nation’s largest fishery by volume: pollock.

Westward Seafoods in Unalaska, Alaska

Westward Seafoods in Unalaska, Alaska. Photo Sam Zmolek

The Alaska Regional Office works with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to manage Alaska’s sustainable fisheries. Using the best available science, we work through the Council process authorized under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to develop measures for best management of Alaska’s fisheries, considering a range of factors such as the health of the fish stocks and economic impact of fishery practices. Once fishing levels and regulations are adopted and approved, the Alaska Regional Office works to implement the Council decisions. The goal is to allow fishermen to harvest the optimum amount of fish while leaving enough in the ocean to reproduce and provide future fishing opportunities in perpetuity.    

Alaska Fisheries

Fishing Resources

Regulations and Management Actions


Understanding Fisheries Management in the United States

NOAA Fisheries is responsible for managing marine fisheries within the U.S. exclusive economic zone. Learn more about the sustainable management of our marine fisheries.

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