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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Steller Sea Lion Protection Measures Environmental Impact Statement

Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Steller sea lions on Seguam Island, AlaskaSteller sea lions on Seguam Island, Alaska. Photo: Vladimir Burkanov, NOAA Fisheries.

NMFS, in consultation with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) prepared the final Environmental Impact Statement to provide decision-makers and the public with an evaluation of the environmental, social, and economic effects of alternatives to the Steller sea lion protection measures for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area groundfish fisheries, in particular the Atka mackerel, Pacific cod, and pollock fisheries in the Aleutian Islands. The western distinct population segment (WDPS) of Steller sea lions is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, and the species population in the western Aleutian Islands is declining. Atka mackerel, Pacific cod, and pollock are principal prey species for Steller sea lions in the Aleutian Islands.



Final SSLPM EIS
Read online or download a printable copy (broken into two volumes below).


RIR/IRFA



Draft SSLPM EIS/RIR/IRFA
Read online or download a printable copy (broken into several PDFs below).



Additional Materials

Scoping Period

  • Scoping Report: Steller Sea Lion Protection Measures for Groundfish Fisheries in the BSAI Management Area Environmental Impact Statement, November 2012
  • 77 FR 52674, August 30, 2012. Notice of a public scoping meeting on October 2, 2012, in Anchorage, AK. Public comment period through October 15, 2012.
  • Potential Scoping Issues
  • 77 FR 22750, April 17, 2012. Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on Steller sea lion protection measures for the BSAI groundfish fisheries for the western distinct population segment of Steller sea lions, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. Comment period through October 15, 2012
  • News Release: April 17, 2012

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