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Steller Sea Lion Protections Weakened with New Fisheries Ruling

NMFS weakened protections for steller sea lions

A Steller sea lion bull on Agattu Island at the western end of the Aleutian Islands. (Photo: Anne Morkill, via Wikimedia Commons)

Late last month, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a final rule that weakens protections for the endangered western population of Steller sea lions.

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Court Upholds Protections for Steller Sea Lions

Photo: Daniel Hershman

We’re pleased to share with you that yesterday the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld necessary protections for the endangered Western Population of Steller sea lions, recognizing that this threatened population still needs protection from industrial fishing. The protections, originally established in 2010 by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), were designed to reduce competition for fish between large-scale commercial fisheries and endangered Steller sea lions. With this victory, Oceana and Greenpeace, represented by Earthjustice, successfully defended these 2010 regulations against legal attacks from the Seattle-based fishing industry and the Alaskan state government, which had appealed an earlier decision supporting the protections.  

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