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Environmental Assessment for Issuing an Exempted Fishing Permit for the Purpose of Testing a Salmon Excluder Device in the Eastern Bering Sea Pollock Fishery

December 21, 2012

Environmental Assessment analyzes alternatives to issue an exempted fishing permit for testing of a salmon excluder device in the Central Gulf of Alaska Pollock trawl fishery. The experiment would be conducted during the Spring and Fall of 2013 and 2014.

Salmon excluder devices have been tested in the Bering Sea and are successful in reducing salmon bycatch. The purpose of extending these tests to the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) is to test the potential of these devices for reducing Chinook salmon bycatch and lowering the cost of bycatch measures on the Pollock fishing industry. This exempted fishing permit would allow for the development and testing of a salmon excluder device in the GOA. Efforts would be focused on reducing Chinook salmon bycatch and refinement in the design and operation of the salmon excluder device. The proposed action is not expected to have significant impacts on the human environment.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 10/14/2022

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