Subject: Case Study:Sea Lions and Fisheries

Michael Williamson (whe_william)
Mon, 3 Dec 1994 09:21:15

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For those interested in the status of Steller sea lions in Alaska, here is
some opening text from a news story that appeared in the Friday, Dec. 2
edition of the Anchorage Daily News.
Endangered Label Could Close Fisheries to Protect Sea Lions
By Craig Medred
Unsure of exactly what to do, but convinced that something must be done to
 savethe disappearing Steller sea lions of the western North Pacific, a team of
scientists on Wednesday recommended the species be declared endangered.
        Such a declaration -- if adopted by the National Marine Fisheries
Service -- could force closures in multimillion-dollar Alaska fisheries for
pollock and other groundfish.
        "We're certainly not at the point of saying, 'Yes, we're going to close
fisheries,' " Sue Mello of the NMFS said Thursday.  "(But) I think the
fishermen are going to be really scared."
        Catches of 4 billion pounds of groundfish each year fuel a $1 billion
fishery off the coast of Alaska.  Scientists have concluded those fisheries
may be taking pollock and other fish vital to the survival of young sea lions.
And the story goes on for another 18 paragraphs.  For more info on the
news story, contact Craig Medred, outdoor writer for the ADN.
Telephone (907) 279-8170.  There are other people on this mail group who
have worked on this problem who can also comment on the issue if you posit
a query here.  As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Alaska Sea Grant has a
techinical report available that reports on a meeting of scientists held
in March 1991 at the University of Alaska, which provided a forum to
compare notes and discuss whether or not a food shortage might be causing
the decline of some Steller sea lion and seabird populations.  For a copy
of the 59-page workshop summary, contact Sherri Pristash,    Available only in hard copy.  It costs
$7.00, postage included.