Public to weigh in on bottom trawling

Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2007

ANCHORAGE - With ocean waters warming because of climate change, the public is being asked to weigh in on options for bottom trawling in the northern Bering Sea.

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The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which advises the federal government on fisheries in federal waters off Alaska, is asking the public to review several alternatives, said Cathy Coon, a fishery analyst for the council, said Wednesday.

The alternatives, which will be available for public review in early May, range from doing nothing to freezing the existing boundaries for bottom trawling, Coon said.

The council will take final action at a meeting in Sitka on June 7.

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