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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Steller Sea Lion Protection Measures for Alaska Groundfish Fisheries

Protection Measures in the Alaska Groundfish Fisheries

Steller sea lionsSteller sea lions. Photo: JJ Vollenweider, NOAA Fisheries.

NMFS uses Steller sea lion protection measures (SSLPM) to ensure the groundfish fisheries off Alaska are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of the western population of Steller sea lions or adversely modify their critical habitat. The management measures disperse fishing over time and area to protect against potential competition for important Steller sea lion prey species near rookeries and important haulouts.




SSL Mitigation Committee

The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council established a Steller Sea Lion Committee in January 2001 to review scientific and commercial data and provide recommendations for Steller sea lion protection measures.

Co-Management Agreements

  • Agreement (PDF) Between the Aleut Community of St. George Island and NMFS, 2001
  • Agreement (PDF) Between the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island and NMFS, 2000