NPFMC December Meeting

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory committees will hold public meetings in Anchorage, AK.

The meetings will be held December 3, 2012 through December 11, 2012. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific dates and times.

Modify Vessel Ownership for IFQ Program?

NOAA Seeks Comments on Proposed Amendment for Halibut and Sablefish IFQ Program

If approved, the amendment would modify the vessel ownership requirement for this program to maintain a predominantly owner-operated fishery. Comment on the proposed rule through November 30, 2012.

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90-Day Finding on Petitions To List the Northeastern Pacific Ocean Distinct Population Segment of Great White Shark as Threatened or Endangered

We, NMFS, announce a 90-day finding on two petitions received to list the northeastern Pacific Ocean population of great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) as a threatened or endangered distinct population segment (DPS) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to designate critical habitat concurrently with the listing. We find that the petitions and information in our files present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted. We will conduct a status review of the species to determine if the petitioned action is warranted. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, we are soliciting scientific and commercial information pertaining to this species from any interested party.

Information and comments on the subject action must be received by November 27, 2012.

Conference Call Meeting

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Charter Management Implementation Committee will convene via a conference call. The meeting will be held on October 19, 2012 at 10 a.m. (AST). The call in number is: (907) 271-2896.

North Pacific Council Meeting October 1-9

The Council will begin its plenary session at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, October 3 continuing through Tuesday October 9. Council's Advisory Panel (AP) will begin at 8 a.m., Tuesday, October 2 and continue through Saturday, October 6, the Scientific Statistical Committee (SSC) will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, October 1 and continue through Wednesday, October 3. The Enforcement Committee will meet October 2, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Birch Room. All meetings are open to the public, except executive sessions.

Kenai Closure Retention of King Salmon Size Prohibited

Effective Date 12:01 AM Friday June 15, 2012 Expiration Date 11:59 PM Saturday July 14, 2012 unless superseded by subsequent emergency order. 


This emergency order prohibits the retention of king salmon 20 inches or greater in length, but less than 55 inches in length, while sport fishing in waters of the Kenai River drainage downstream of Skilak Lake and in the Moose River from its confluence with the Kenai River upstream to the northernmost edge of the Sterling Highway bridge beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, June 15, through 11:59 p.m., Saturday, June 30, 2012. 

Kasilof River King Salmon Sport Fishery Restrictions Announced

Effective 12:01 a.m., Friday, June 15, retention of naturally-produced king salmon in the Kasilof River will be prohibited through 11:59 p.m., Saturday, June 30, 2012. Naturallyproduced king salmon may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.

A naturally-produced king salmon is a king salmon with an adipose fin intact.

Cook Inlet Closure

Effective 12:01 AM Firday June 15, 2012 Expiration Date 11:59 PM Saturday June 30, 2012


This emergency order prohibits sport fishing within one mile of shore in the salt waters of Cook Inlet south of the latitude of the mouth of the Ninilchik River to the latitude of Bluff Point beginning 12:01a.m., Friday, June 15, 2012, through 11:59 p.m., Saturday, June 30, 2012.

NPFMC & Advisory Committees Public Hearings

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory committees will hold public meetings, June 4-12, 2012 in Kodiak, AK.

The meetings will be held Monday, June 4, 2012 through Tuesday, June 12, 2012. For specific dates and times of the meetings.

The meetings will be held at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center, 236 Rezanof Drive, Kodiak, AK.

Salmon Fisheries

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council  submitted Amendments 10, 11, and 12 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Salmon Fisheries in the EEZ off the Coast of Alaska (FMP) to NMFS for review.

If approved, Amendment 10 would provide authority for NMFS to recover the administrative costs of processing applications for any future permits that may be required under this FMP, except for exempted
fishing permits and prohibited species donation permits.

If approved, Amendment 11 would revise the timeline associated with the Council's process to identify Habitat Areas of Particular Concern so that the process coincides with the Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) 5-year review, revise habitat research priority objectives, and update EFH conservation recommendations for, and the analysis of the impacts of, non-fishing activities.

If approved, Amendment 12 would comprehensively revise and update the FMP to reflect the Council's salmon management policy and Federal law. Amendments 10, 11, and 12 are intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the FMP, and other applicable laws.