Aleutian fishing may be curbed to help sea lions

Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council is holding a special meeting this week in Anchorage on protecting the endangered Steller sea lion.

KTUU-TV reports the National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed closing the Pacific cod and Atka mackerel fisheries in the western and central Aleutians to leave more fish for the sea lions.

Although the overall Steller population has increased since 2000, the western Aleutian population has declined by about 45 percent.

Unalaska Mayor Shirley Marquardt says the restrictions would have a devastating effect on the region that depends on those fisheries.

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