NOAA Fisheries Releases
Draft Document on Groundfish Management; Comments Accepted Online
August 29, 2003
Friday - 12:20 am
Today, NOAA Fisheries is releasing a draft document that will
guide future management of groundfish fisheries in the Gulf of
Alaska and Bering Sea, the largest fisheries in U.S. waters.
Officials are seeking public comment on the revised Draft Alaska
Groundfish Fisheries Programmatic Supplemental Environmental
Impact Statement (PSEIS). Public comments on this document will
be accepted until October 15, 2003, and may be submitted online.
"This National Environmental
Policy Act document summarizes our current scientific understanding
of the Alaska groundfish fisheries, the status of marine resources,
and the cumulative effects of commercial groundfish fishing on
the North Pacific marine ecosystem" said Jim Balsiger, NOAA
Fisheries Alaska regional administrator. "It also presents
our preferred future management policy for these valuable fisheries
while revealing projected environmental and social consequences."
The document will be finalized
after public comments are considered. The final PSEIS will provide
the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, NOAA Fisheries,
and the public with critical information on the fisheries' status
and environmental impacts. The PSEIS also will serve as the primary
environmental review document supporting fishery management plans
in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea and Aleutians Islands.
The 7,000 page document can
be viewed online,
or may be obtained from Steve
Davis at (907) 271-3523.
Comments should be submitted
by October 15, 2003, online
James W. Balsiger
Alaska Regional Administrator, NOAA Fisheries
P.O. Box 21668
Juneau, AK 99802
Faxed comments will not be
NOAA Fisheries also is holding
public meetings on the PSEIS, where comments will be accepted.
The meeting schedule follows:
Silver Spring, MD,
September 8, 2003,
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Eastern daylight time - NOAA, Science Center
Room, 1301 East-West Highway. Local Contact: Kim
Seattle, WA September
11, 2003, 5 p.m.
- 8 p.m. Pacific daylight time - Alaska Fisheries Science Center,
7600 Sand Point Way N.E., Bldg. 9. Local Contact: Dan
Juneau, AK September
17, 2003, 1 p.m.
- 5 p.m. Alaska daylight time - National Marine Fisheries Service,
Federal Building, 709 W. 9th Street, Room 445. Local Contact:
Jim Hale, 907-586-7491.
Kodiak, AK, September
24, 2003, 3 p.m.
- 7 p.m. Alaska daylight time - Alaska Fisheries Science Center
Kodiak Laboratory, Kodiak Fisheries Research Center Conference
Room, 301 Research Ct. Local Contact: Tom
Anchorage, AK, October
7, 2003, 5:30
p.m. - 8 p.m. - Sheraton Hotel, 401 E 6th Avenue. Local Contact:
Steve Davis, 907-271-3523.
These meetings are physically
accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language
interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to
Steve Davis at 907-271-3523
at least seven working days prior to the meeting date.
NOAA's National Marine Fisheries
Service (NOAA Fisheries)
is dedicated to protecting and preserving our nation's living
marine resources through scientific research, management, enforcement,
and the conservation of marine mammals and other protected marine
species and their habitat. To learn more about the National Marine
Fisheries Service in Alaska, please visit our websites, Alaska
Region and Alaska Fisheries
View the 7, 000 page document
online - Click
Comment online - Click
Source of News Release:
NOAA's National Marine Fisheries
Alaska Fisheries Science Center
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