NMFS Prohibits Trawling in Steller Sea Lion Critical Habitat in the Western Aleutian District

March 21, 2000 - 9:00 a.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting trawling within Steller sea lion critical habitat in the Western Aleutian District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area, effective 12 noon, Alaska local time, March 22, 2000, until the directed fishery for Atka mackerel closes within the entire Western Aleutian District, according to Steven Pennoyer, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

This action is necessary because the 2000 critical habitat percentage of Atka mackerel allocated to the Western Aleutian District has been reached and is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.22(a)(8)(iii)(A).

Steller sea lion critical habitat is defined at 50 CFR part 226, Table 1 and Table 2.

This information bulletin provides notice that of a regulatory change. Do not rely upon it to guide you in complying with the regulatory change.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on February 11, 2019