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Comments sought on Southeast herring

Posted: Thursday, December 04, 2008

JUNEAU - Federal fishery managers are asking for information on Southeast herring.

This April, after a year of study, the National Marine Fisheries Service denied a petition to list Lynn Canal Pacific herring as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

The petition came from the Juneau Group of the Sierra Club.

NMFS said the Lynn Canal herring shouldn't be listed because they aren't a distinct population, but part of a larger Southeast Alaska population.

Now the agency is working on a similar review of the Southeast herring.

NMFS is requesting comments on the stock's population structure and trends, its habitat condition, current or future threats to the population, and protection efforts.

Comments must be received by Monday. For more information visit the agency's Web site at www.fakr.noaa.gov/protectedresources.



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