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NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Input on Plan to Reduce Halibut Bycatch in Bering Sea

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a proposed rule that would reduce bycatch limits for Pacific halibut in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) groundfish fisheries. Bycatch is also known as “prohibited species catch,” or PSC.
06/22/2018 - Media Release ,

Scientists Conduct Full Necropsy in Quest to Determine What Killed "Offshore" Killer Whale

October 20, 2015 Julie Speegle, 907-586-7032 w., 907-321-7032 c. A collaborative team of scientists is investigating what caused the death of a female killer whale found on a beach in Portage Bay, Kupreanof Island, northwest of Petersburg. The team
02/22/2018 - Media Release ,

NOAA Fisheries, Alaska SeaLife Center to Release Seal Pup Rescued from Douglas Island

Julie Speegle, 907-586-7032 w., 907-321-7032 c. Tara Riemer, 907-224-6349 w., 907-491-0051 c. Marine mammal specialists from NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region and the Alaska SeaLife Center will release a female Pacific harbor seal pup in Juneau early
02/22/2018 - Media Release ,

NOAA Fisheries seeks letters of public support for International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) nominees

NOAA Fisheries is seeking letters of public support for nominees (listed below) for two presidential appointments to serve as U.S. Commissioners to the International Pacific Halibut Commission. The IPHC is a bilateral regional fishery management
02/25/2018 - Media Release ,

Alaska fisheries managers celebrate milestones for Interagency eLandings System

Ten years; 500,000 landing reports. Fisheries managers, fishers, and seafood processors across the state of Alaska are celebrating those two milestones this month for the innovative Interagency Electronic Reporting System, better known as eLandings.
02/23/2018 - Media Release ,

NOAA Declares Deaths of Large Whales in Gulf of Alaska an Unusual Mortality Event

Julie Speegle, 907-586-7032 (office), 907-321-7032 (cell) NOAA is declaring the recent deaths of 30 large whales in the western Gulf of Alaska an "unusual mortality event," triggering a focused, expert investigation into the cause. An unusual mortality
05/29/2018 - Media Release ,

Nomination Period Extended for U.S. Seats on International Pacific Halibut Commission

NOAA Fisheries is extending the nomination period for candidates to fill two U.S. Commissioner seats on the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Terms for the current commissioners expire on December 31, 2015. In May 2015, NOAA Fisheries
06/22/2018 - Media Release ,

Emergency Rule to Go Into Effect for Trawl Sector of Gulf of Alaska Fisheries

As requested by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, NOAA Fisheries is implementing an emergency rule to provide an additional 1,600 Chinook salmon prohibited species catch (PSC) allowance to the Gulf of Alaska groundfish trawl
06/22/2018 - Media Release ,

NOAA Fisheries Revises Approach Guidelines for Vessels in Alaska Glacial Fjords

Julie Speegle, 907-586-7032 (office), 907-321-7032 (cell) NOAA Fisheries is announcing new, voluntary approach guidelines for vessels in Alaska tidewater glacial fjords to minimize disturbance to harbor seals in sensitive nursery habitat. "These
08/08/2018 - Media Release ,

NOAA Fisheries, Alaska SeaLife Center Team Up on Douglas Harbor Seal Pup Rescue

Julie Speegle, 907-586-7032 (office), 907-321-7032 (cell) Juneau, AK — An orphaned harbor seal pup is in stable condition at the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) in Seward, after being picked up from a Douglas Island beach earlier this week. When NOAA
06/22/2018 - Media Release ,