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National Marine Fisheries Service implements new protections for Steller sea lions

National Marine Fisheries Service implements new protections for Steller sea lions

January, 2011

In recognition of ongoing severe declines in the Western population of Steller sea lions and the failure of the overall population to meet pre-established recovery criteria indicating improvements in the status of the population, the National Marine Fisheries Service implemented new protections for the species.  The new measures, which limit fishing in the western Aleutian Islands, are a necessary first step toward better conservation and management of the Aleutian Islands ecosystem.

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