ANCHORAGE - Federal fisheries researchers say the Chiniak Gully research area off Kodiak Island will be available to trawl fishermen this year.
Alaska Fisheries Science Center director Doug DeMaster says researchers will not be gathering data about pollock abundance and distribution there this year.
Demaster says the agency was using the area as a scientific control area.
Researchers don't need that information this year.
The long-term research project was designed to evaluate the effects of commercial fishing on pollock distribution and abundance.
The research is part of an investigation of Steller sea lion and commercial fishery interactions.
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