Trawling for Groundfish Is Prohibited in Designated Critical Habitat for Steller Sea Lions

September 19, 2000 - 9:00 a.m.

Notice of a fishery management action.

Fishermen are reminded that all groundfish trawl fishing within Steller sea lion critical habitat west of 144?W longitude is prohibited pursuant to an order issued by the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. This prohibition will remain in effect until the order is rescinded by the Court, according to James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.

Fishermen are encouraged to refer to the interim rule published in the Federal Register (65 FR 49766, August 15, 2000) for specific information on the areas closed to groundfish trawl fishing. The interim rule and further information on the groundfish trawl closure is available at Please contact NMFS at 1-907-586-7228 if questions exist regarding which areas are closed to groundfish trawl fishing.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on February 11, 2019