National Fisherman


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Tuesday it will consider dialing back commercial fishing restrictions in the western Aleutian Islands that were put in place to protect endangered Steller sea lions.

The agency will take public comment on five alternatives for measures aimed at protecting sea lions with an eye toward reducing the economic effect on fishermen seeking Pacific cod, pollock and Atka mackerel.

Four of the alternatives, including the agency's preliminary preference, would loosen fishing restrictions put in place two years ago.

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