Biological Assessment on the Effects of the FMP for the GOA and BSAI Groundfish Fisheries and the State of Alaska Parallel Groundfish Fisheries on the Endangered Short-tailed Albatross and Threatened Alaska-breeding Population of the Steller’s Eider
Under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the short-tailed albatross as endangered in 1970 and listed the Alaska-breeding population of the Steller’s eider as threatened in 1997. The Sustainable Fisheries Division of NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region is reinitiating consultation under section 7 of the ESA for the effects of Alaska groundfish fisheries on short-tailed albatross and the Alaska-breeding population of the Steller’s eider.
The fisheries analyzed in this biological assessment are the Alaska federally managed groundfish fisheries as authorized by the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska, the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, and the parallel groundfish fisheries in State of Alaska waters.