Monday, March 22, 2010
SSL BiOp Delayed Again
The latest word is that the National Marine Fisheries Service's draft biological opinion (BiOp) on Steller Sea Lions is being delayed again. The draft opinion was orignally scheduled for release on March 1, 2010. Then it was added to the agenda for the April 6- 14, 2010 North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting. However, the latest word is it won't be ready for the April meeting. Findings on the status of the engangered species could impact fishing regulations around Alaska. So far, a revised date has not been released. Stay tuned for the latest on this issue!