Steller Sea Lion Protection Measures
for Alaska Groundfish Fisheries 2003 - 2010
NOTE: The Steller sea lion protection measures were modified November 25, 2014 and effective January 1, 2015. See the current Steller sea lion protection measures page: http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/sustainablefisheries/sslpm/.
- See the current protection measures web page for current regulations and interim/final rules
- 75 FR 77535, December 13, 2010. Interim final rule to implement Steller sea lion protection measures to insure that the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area groundfish fisheries off Alaska are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of the western distinct population segment of Steller sea lions or adversely modify its designated critical habitat. Effective January 1, 2011. Comments must be received by January 12, 2011.
- 69 FR 75865, December 20, 2004. Steller Sea Lion Protection Measures
- 68 FR 24615, May 8, 2003. Correction to 68 FR 204.
- 68 FR 204, January 2, 2003. Steller sea lion Protection Measures
- Tables of SSL Protection Areas:
- 68 FR 31629, May 28, 2003. Final rule to allow use of pot gear in waters around Cape Barnabas and Caton Island in the GOA for directed fishing for Pacific cod.
Charts* of Protection Measures 2003 - 2010
- NOTE: The following charts are modified by the final rule (79 FR 70286), effective January 1, 2015. See the current Steller sea lion charts.
- Steller Sea Lion and Walrus Protection Measures: High Resolution (3.5 MB), Low Resolution (1 MB), April 2009
- Atka Mackerel and Pollock: High Resolution (10.8 MB) or Low Resolution (2 MB), January 2005
- Pacific Cod - Non Trawl: High Resolution (10.7 MB) or Low Resolution (2 MB), January 2005
- Pacific Cod - Trawl: High Resolution (10.7 MB) or Low Resolution (2 MB), January 2005
- SSL Conservation Area, CFR 679 Figure 20
Historical Charts of Aleutian Islands SSL Management
* Maps/charts are only for illustrative purposes. Please refer to tables 4-6 (above), 12 and the 679 regulations (above) for actual site locations and closures.
- Environmental Assessment/Regulatory Impact Review: Revisions to the Steller Sea Lion Protection Measures for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area Groundfish Fisheries, November 2010
- Environmental Assessment/Regulatory Impact Review Errata (Updated: 12/08/2010)
- Finding of No Significant Impact
- Final Revised Recovery Plan for the Steller Sea Lion Eastern and Western Distinct Population Segments (Eumetopias jubatus), March 5, 2008
- Historical Analyses
Restricted Research Areas
- 75 FR 1723, January 13, 2010. NMFS rescinds the trawl closure in the Chiniak Gully Research Area. Effective August 1, 2010, through September 20, 2010.
- 73 FR 1555, January 9, 2008. NMFS rescinds the trawl closure in the Chiniak Gully Research Area. Effective August 1, 2008, through September 20, 2008.
- 72 FR 7751, February 20, 2007. NMFS rescinds the trawl closure in the Chiniak Gully Research Area to allow vessels using trawl gear to participate in directed fishing for groundfish in the Chiniak Gully Research Area. Effective August 1, 2007, through December 31, 2007.
- 71 FR 31105, June 1, 2006. Final rule to close the Chiniak Gully Research Area on the east side of Kodiak Island in the GOA to all commercial trawl fishing and testing of trawl gear from August 1 to a date no later than September 20 from 2006 through 2010. Effective July 3, 2006 through December 31, 2010. (Small Entity Compliance Guide)
- 71 FR 1698, January 11, 2006. Final rule to open the Cape Sarichef Research Restriction Area in the BSAI to directed fishing for groundfish using trawl, pot, and hook-and-line gear from March 15 through March 31, 2006. Effective February 10, 2006.
- 68 FR 24468, May 9 ,2003. Chiniak Gully Research Area opening for the groundfish trawl fisheries of the Gulf of Alaska. Comment period through June 6, 2003.
- 68 FR 11004, March 7, 2003. Seasonal closure of a portion of the waters located near Cape Sarichef in the Bering Sea subarea to directed fishing for groundfish by vessels using trawl, pot, or hook-and-line gear to support NMFS research on the effect of fishing on the localized abundance of Pacific cod.