Adak asks to ignore sea lion restrictions

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011

ANCHORAGE — The city of Adak is asking permission to partially disregard fishing closures in state waters that are designed to protect Steller sea lions.

The federal government is proposing the fishing closures to help Stellers in the central Aleutian Islands. The restrictions are meant to provide sea lions with more food.

The Alaska Board of Fisheries will consider an emergency petition from Adak asking that 2010 regulations be kept in place from the middle of Tanaga Island to the western edge of Atka Island.

The closures affect the parallel cod fishery in state waters, where the catch counts against the federal quota.

The board is set to take up the request at its three-day meeting in Anchorage beginning Sunday.

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