Biological Opinion on the Authorization of the Atka Mackerel and Walleye Pollock Fisheries between 1999–2002

December 03, 1998

This opinion analyzes the effects of the proposed Atka mackerel and walleye pollock fisheries on the endangered western population of Steller sea lions and their critical habitat. NMFS Consultation Number: AKR-1998-1409

This opinion fulfills the section 7 requirements for consultation on three separate agency actions that have been proposed: (1) authorization of an Atka mackerel fishery under the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands groundfish fishery management plan between 1999 and 2002; (2) authorization of a walleye pollock fishery under the BSAI groundfish fishery management plan between 1999 and 2002; and (3) authorization of a walleye pollock fishery under the Gulf of Alaska groundfish fishery management plan between 1999 and 2002. Section 7 regulations allow a formal consultation to encompass a number of similar actions within a given geographic area or a segment of a comprehensive plan (50 CFR 402.14). Consistent with this regulatory provision and for purposes of efficiency, these three actions are being summarized in a single biological opinion. The opinion analyzes the effects of these actions on the endangered western population of Steller sea lions and its critical habitat.

Action Agency: National Marine Fisheries Service Alaska Region, Sustainable Fisheries Division

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