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Environmental Assessment of a Final Rule to Implement Requirements for Seabird Bycatch Avoidance Devices in the Hook-and-Line Pacific Halibut Fishery off Alaska

January 26, 1998

Seabird bycatch avoidance devices in the hook-and-line Pacific halibut fishery off Alaska

The final rule requires operators of hook-and-line vessels fishing for Pacific halibut in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area and the Gulf of Alaska to conduct fishing operations in a specified manner and to employ specified bird avoidance techniques to reduce seabird bycatch and incidental seabird mortality. The action is necessary to mitigate hook-and-line fishery interactions with the short-tailed albatross, an endangered species protected under the Endangered Species Act, and other species.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 11/13/2018

Seabird Bycatch