North Pacific Fishery Management Council

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, is charged with conserving and managing fishery resources in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off Alaska. With jurisdiction over approximately 900,000-square-miles, the Council has primary responsibility for groundfish management in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. 

The North Pacific Council has 11 voting members and 4 non-voting members.

  • Seven of the voting members are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce upon the recommendation of the governors of Alaska and Washington; 
  • Four of the voting members are the leading fisheries officials from the states of Alaska, Washington and Oregon and the Alaska Regional Director for the National Marine Fisheries Service; and
  • The four non-voting members are the Executive Director of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, the Area Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Commander of the 17th Coast Guard District, and a representative from the U.S. State Department.

Managed Fisheries

The North Pacific Council manages five fishery management plans covering 47 groundfish target species, 10 crab
stocks, the scallop fishery, and state-managed salmon fisheries.


  • Website
  • Phone: (907) 271-2809
  • Fax: (907) 271-2817
  • Email:
  • Mail: 605 West 4th, Suite 306, Anchorage, Alaska 99501-2252