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- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- NOAA Fisheries - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
The mission of the NOAA Fisheries is stewardship of living marine resources for the benefit of the nation
through their science-based conservation and management and promotion of the health of their environment
The Alaska Region of NOAA Fisheries oversees sustainable fisheries that produce about half the fish caught
in US waters, with responsibilities covering 842,000 square nautical miles in the area 3 – 200 miles off
Alaska (known as the federal Exclusive Economic Zone – EEZ). The Alaska Region also works to ensure the
viability of protected species—principally marine mammals—and to protect and enhance Alaska's marine habitat.
The Department of Fish and Game works extensively with NMFS on management of fisheries resources and habitat
in the EEZ, and the coordination of those fisheries with activities that take place in state waters.
- NOAA Alaska Region
- NOAA also has a number of other program and research offices (e.g. National Ocean Service;
National Weather Service; Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research) that provide important services
in Alaska. Descriptions of those services and how to access them are found at
(click on Alaska).