The Threatened Status of Steller Sea Lions, Eumetopias jubatus, under the Endangered Species Act: Effects on Alaska Groundfish Fisheries Management

Fritz, Lowell W. and Ferrero, Richard C. and Berg , Ronald J. (1995) The Threatened Status of Steller Sea Lions, Eumetopias jubatus, under the Endangered Species Act: Effects on Alaska Groundfish Fisheries Management. Marine Fisheries Review, 57(2), pp. 14-27.

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Abstract

In April 1990, the Steller sea lion, Eumetopias jubatus, was listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act by emergency action. Competitive interactions with the billion-dollar Alaska commercial groundfish fisheries have been suggested as one of the possible contributing factors to the Steller sea lion population decline. Since the listing, fisheries managers have attempted to address the potential impacts of the groundfish fisheries on Steller sea lion recovery. In this paper, we review pertinent Federal legislation, biological information on the Steller sea lion decline, changes in the Alaska trawl fishery for walleye pollock, Theragra chalcogramma, since the late 1970's, andpossible interactions between fisheries and sea lions. Using three cases, we illustrate how the listing of Steller sea lions has affected Alaska groundfish fisheries through: I) actions taken at the time of listing designed to limit the potential for directhuman-related sea lion mortality, 2) actions addressing spatial and temporal separation of fisheries from sea lions, and 3) introduction of risk-adverse stock assessment methodologies and Steller sea lion conservation considerations directly in the annual quota-setting process. This discussion shows some of the ways that North Pacific groundfish resource managers have begun to explicitly consider the conservation ofmarine mammal and other nontarget species.

Item Type: Article
Title: The Threatened Status of Steller Sea Lions, Eumetopias jubatus, under the Endangered Species Act: Effects on Alaska Groundfish Fisheries Management
Personal Creator/Author:
CreatorsEmail
Fritz, Lowell W.
Ferrero, Richard C.
Berg , Ronald J.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 57
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 14-27
Date: 1995
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Conservation
Ecology
Fisheries
Management
Item ID: 9843
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012 14:19
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2012 14:19
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9843

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