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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 Aleutian Islands is declining. Atka mackerel, Pacific cod, and pollock are principal prey species for Steller sea lions in the Aleutian Islands. This proposed action would implement Steller sea lion protection measures for the Aleutian Islands Atka mackerel, Pacific cod, and pollock fisheries to mitigate the potential fishery impacts on the WDPS of Steller sea lions in a manner that minimizes economic impacts to these fisheries, to the extent practicable. The final EIS is available for public review until June 27, 2014, before the agency completes the Record of Decision based on the final EIS. Rule making to implement the preferred alternative in the EIS is scheduled for completion by January 1, 2015.



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



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



Additional Materials

ESA Analysis

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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