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NOAA extends comment period for groundfish stocks

...these fish among the sea lions and fisheries. The original public comment period was supposed to end today, yet NOAA's Fisheries Service filed with the Federal register to extend the period for an additional 45 days to Feb. 28. The comment period...
New halibut limits start Monday

...West Coast from Washington state to Alaska," said Alaska Fisheries Regional Administrator James Balsiger. "NOAA's Fisheries Service is committed to working cooperatively with our international partners in Canada to jointly manage this important...
Commerce Department appoints members

...fulfill the act's charge to end and prevent overfishing and rebuild fish stocks to ensure sustainable fisheries. NOAA's Fisheries Service works closely with the councils during plan development and also reviews, approves and implements the management...
Mariners help whales out of tangles

...the area. About six to 10 a year are typically reported in Southeast Alaska, said Lyman, who works for the NOAA's Fisheries Service. Entanglement can be trouble for marine animals. Dolphins or small whales may drown in fishing gear or other...
Alaska Digest

NOAA's Fisheries Service is seeking public comment on a draft rule, called a catch sharing plan, designed to sustainably manage the halibut stock in Southeast...
US Coast Guard transfers fish piracy case to China

...estimated between $10 billion and $23 billion, according to Sam Rauch, deputy assistant administrator of NOAA's Fisheries Service."This is felt throughout the world, including by our fishermen here in the U.S.," he said in a statement...
Alaska leads as US seafood catch reaches 17-year high

...increases are evidence that fish populations are rebuilding, said Sam Rauch, deputy assistant administrator for NOAA's Fisheries Service.Still, a number of fisheries are in trouble. The Department of Commerce has declared disasters for cod and...
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AP: Feds propose listing for seals

...endangered species coordinator Doug Vincent-Lang. He had not reviewed the decision or supporting materials but said NOAA's Fisheries Service did not work with the state to develop the model used to justify the decision. As with polar bears, the state...
Designs now being accepted for Smart Gear Competition

JUNEAU - NOAA's Fisheries Service has awarded a $364,000 grant to the World Wildlife Fund in support of the 2009 Smart Gear Competition that awards prizes for...
Feds make disaster declaration for Yukon River salmon

ANCHORAGE - A federal official declared a fishery disaster Friday because of low Chinook salmon returns the past two years along Alaska's Yukon River.


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