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Statement on U.S. District Court Decision Remanding 2019 Biological Opinion Regarding Southeast Alaska Salmon Fisheries

May 05, 2023

May 2, 2023 decision on Wild Fish Conservancy v. Rumsey, Alaska Trollers Association, and State of Alaska.

A Southeast Alaska troller A Southeast Alaska trolling vessel. Credit ASMI

NOAA Fisheries is aware of the U.S. District Court decision to remand the 2019 Biological Opinion that evaluates the effects of the Southeast Alaska salmon fisheries on threatened and endangered species, and to vacate the Incidental Take Statement for the Chinook summer and winter commercial troll fishery. The 2019 Incidental Take Statement that applies to the rest of the Southeast salmon fisheries remains in place. NOAA Fisheries knows these issues are of utmost importance to the communities that rely on the Southeast Alaska troll fishery. We are working expeditiously to address the court's order.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on May 10, 2023