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North Pacific Fishery Management Council


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The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) is one of eight regional councils established by the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act in 1976 to manage the fisheries of the United States. With jurisdiction over the 900,000-square-mile (2,300,000 km2) Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off Alaska, the Council has primary responsibility for groundfish management in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, including cod, pollock, flatfish, mackerel, sablefish, and rockfish species. Other large Alaska fisheries such as salmon, crab and herring are managed primarily by the State of Alaska.
  • Habitat protection 

  • Aleutian Islands Fishery Ecosystem Plan (AI FEP) 

  • Alaska Marine Ecosystem Forum 

  • Protected species 

  • Non targeted species management 

  • Bycatch controls 

  • Fishery Management Plans