EA/RIR/FRFA for a Regulatory Amendment to Permit the Seasonal Closure of Chiniak Gully in the Gulf of Alaska to Trawl Fishing: Implemented Under the Authority of the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the GOA

May 05, 2006

Analysis of the environmental impacts, costs and benefits, and small entity impacts of a regulatory amendment to impose a seasonal ban on all commercial trawl fishing in the Chiniak Gully region as part of a comprehensive research program on sea lion/fishery interactions.

The final amendment will impose a seasonal ban on all commercial trawl fishing in the Chiniak Gully region from August 1 to a date no later than September 20 from 2006 through 2010.  The regulatory changes are needed to permit NOAA Fisheries to conduct controlled experiments on the effects of fishing on pollock distribution and abundance, as part of a comprehensive research program on sea lion/fishery interactions.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 04/26/2019

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