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Bering Sea Chinook Salmon Bycatch Management: Final Environmental Impact Statement Volumes I-II

December 01, 2009

Bering Sea Chinook Salmon Bycatch Management in Alaska

The  Environmental  Impact  Statement  (EIS)  provides  decision-makers  and  the  public  with  an  evaluation  of  the environmental  effects  of  alternative  measures  to  minimize  Chinook  salmon  bycatch  in  the  Bering  Sea  pollock fishery. The  alternatives  analyzed  in  this  EIS  generally  involve  limits  or  “caps”  on the number of Chinook salmon that may be caught in the Bering Sea pollock fishery and closure of all or a part of the Bering Sea to pollock fishing once the cap is reached.  These closures would occur when a Chinook salmon bycatch cap is reached, even if the entire pollock total allowable catch has not yet been harvested.  This document addresses the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and other applicable federal law.  The Regulatory Impact Review, in Volume II, provides decision-makers and the public  with  an  evaluation  of  the  social  and  economic  effects  of  these  alternatives  to address  the  requirements of Executive Order 12866, Executive Order 12898, and other applicable federal law.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 04/17/2020

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