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NMFS Seeks Public Comment On Programmatic EIS for Stellar Sea Lion and Northern Fur Seal Research
The National Marine Fisheries Service seeks public comment on NMFS' draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for research on the Stellar Sea Lion and the Northern Fur Seal. The purpose of the PEIS is analyze the environmental impacts of administering grants and issuing permits associated with research on the sea lions and seals. The contemplated research includes the capture, tagging and release of several thousand animals.

The Stellar Sea Lion is listed as endangered or threatened, depending on the population, under the Endangered Species Act. The northern fur seal is listed as depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Major threats to the Sea Lion include predation by killer whales and nutritional stress caused by change in oceanographic conditions.

NMFS first noticed its intent to perform the PEIS in December 2005.

Comments on the draft PEIS are due to NMFS by April 2, 2007.

  • Click here to read NMFS' Notice of Intent to Prepare Programmatic EIS
  • Click here to read NMFS' Programmatic EIS Site for the sea lion and fur seal

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