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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Steller sea lions, photo: Dave Csepp

Steller Sea Lion Critical Habitat and No-Entry Zones

Critical Habitat

Steller sea lions on Benjamin Island haulout near Juneau, AK Steller sea lions on Benjamin Island haulout near Juneau, AK. Photo: Greg Bledsoe.

Critical habitat areas, designated by the National Marine Fisheries Service on August 27, 1993, respond to requirements of the Endangered Species Act (50 CFR 226.202). Steller sea lion critical habitat includes a 20 nautical mile buffer around all major haulouts and rookeries, as well as associated terrestrial, air and aquatic zones, and three large offshore foraging areas. NMFS has implemented a complex suite of fishery management measures designed to minimize competition between fishing and the endangered population of Steller sea lions in critical habitat areas. Those management measures are the Steller sea lion protection measures.

  • Steller Sea Lion Critical Habitat Review Public Meetings
    • Agendas
    • Meeting Presentations
    • Notice of a change in a public meeting to elicit scientific information related to the designation of Steller sea lion critical habitat. NMFS will make the meeting available via webinar, will also host a second public meeting, and will accept written submissions. The meetings will be held on September 22, 2014 and on October 8, 2014. Statements of interest and abstracts for the second meeting must be received by September 22, 2014.
    • Public meeting to elicit external scientific information related to NMFS's review of Steller sea lion critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act. The meeting will be held September 22, 2014, in Seattle, WA; statements of interest and abstracts are due by August 29, 2014.
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Rookery No-Entry Zones


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