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NOAA Fisheries Finds Harbor Seals in Iliamna Lake Not Warranted for Listing Under ESA

NOAA Fisheries concluded that the listing of Pacific harbor seals in Iliamna Lake, Alaska as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is not warranted. The seals do not constitute a species as defined by the ESA
06/21/2018 - Media Release ,

NOAA-Authorized Collection of Kincaid Park Humpback Parts to Begin This Week

The mammal curator and collection staff from the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks will collect humpback whale remains at the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge this week. The 42-foot adult humpback whale washed ashore early last July.
02/24/2018 - Media Release ,

NOAA Reopens Comment on Proposed Gulf of Alaska Fisheries Management Program EIS

NOAA Fisheries, in coordination with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, is announcing its intent to expand the scope of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a new bycatch management program for Gulf of Alaska trawl groundfish fisheries.
02/24/2018 - Media Release ,

NOAA Team Mounts Response in Effort to Disentangle Juneau-area Humpback Calf

Juneau, AK — NOAA whale experts are hoping a Juneau-area humpback calf nicknamed “Lincoln” can free itself from an entanglement after a team of five was able to make a strategic cut to the line Wednesday. “The entangled animal is this year’s calf
02/24/2018 - Media Release ,

Behnken Named as International Pacific Halibut Commission Interim Commissioner

Linda Behnken is replacing International Pacific Halibut Commission interim commissioner Jeff Kauffman as commissioner in the Alaska resident seat. The U.S. State Department designated Jeff Kauffman, from Wasilla, in December 2015 to serve on an
02/24/2018 - Media Release ,

NOAA Asks Public to Report Sightings of Entangled Humpback in Seymour Canal Area

Julie Speegle, 907-586-7032 (office), 907-321-7032 (cell) Juneau, AK — NOAA’s marine mammal stranding experts are asking the public to report any sightings of an entangled adult humpback whale. The animal was last seen Wednesday swimming south
02/22/2018 - Media Release ,

NOAA Announces 2016 Charter and Commercial Halibut Management Measures

NOAA Fisheries is providing notice of the immediate effect of regulations of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). The commercial IFQ halibut season opens Saturday, March 19, 2016. At its annual meeting in January, the IPHC recommended
02/24/2018 - Media Release ,

Secretary of Commerce Approves Measure to Reduce Bering Sea Halibut Bycatch

  Julie Speegle, 907-586-7032 w., 907-321-7032 c. The Secretary of Commerce has approved a fishery management plan amendment to reduce halibut bycatch in four sectors of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands groundfish fisheries
06/22/2018 - Media Release ,

Species in the Spotlight: NOAA Fisheries Launches Aerial Technology to Help Stranded Cook Inlet Beluga Whales

The call came in on a Thursday afternoon in August: a Cook Inlet beluga whale had been spotted, stranded on the mudflats south of Anchorage, Alaska. Once a stranded beluga is reported to NOAA Fisheries, biologists spring into action to coordinate a
08/02/2018 - Media Release ,

Holiday Season Tours at Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute

Juneau, AK ---There’s a lot of research that ensures sustainable management of U.S. fisheries. Juneauites can get a behind-the-scenes peek at the science behind Alaska’s world-class fisheries. Alaska’s fisheries are regarded as one of the most
02/25/2018 - Media Release ,