The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has published regulations governing the subsistence taking of North Pacific fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) for the annual fur seal subsistence harvests on St. George and St. Paul Islands (the Pribilof Islands) in Alaska for 2014-2016 and proposes annual estimates of northern fur seal subsistence harvest on the Pribilof Islands for 2017-2019. The proposed number of fur seals expected to satisfy the subsistence requirements of Alaska Natives residing on the Pribilof Islands during the years 2017-2019 is 300 to 500 for St. George and 1,645 to 2,000 for St. Paul. These harvest levels are unchanged from the levels established for 2014-2016. NMFS solicits public comments on the proposed subsistence harvest needs for 2017-2019. Comments must be received by NMFS no later than 30 days after this notice is published in the Federal Register. Click here for more detail and relevant links.
NMFS Publishes Regulations Governing Subsistence Taking of Northern Fur Seals on the Pribilof Islands