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ANCHORAGE - The public comment period on a proposal to change groundfish fisheries in order to help Steller sea lions has been extended.
The National Marine Fisheries Service has decided to extend the public comment period for the draft biological opinion for groundfish, which was released earlier this month.
The opinion proposes changes to current management practices for groundfish in the Aleutian Islands in areas where scientists say Steller sea lions are competing too heavily with fishermen for food.
Public comment is being accepted until 5 p.m. on Sept. 3.
Comments can be mailed, faxed, e-mailed or hand-delivered to the Juneau Federal Building.