NMFS Modifies Harvest Rule for Northern Fur Seals

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has issued a final rule modifying the subsistence harvest regulations for the Eastern Pacific stock of northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) based on a petition from the Pribilof Island Aleut Community of St. George Island, Traditional Council.

The final rule authorizes Pribilovians of St. George Island to harvest up to 150 male young of the year fur seals annually during a new autumn harvest season from all breeding and hauling grounds, consistent with traditional practices, to meet the community’s nutritional and cultural needs. Harvests of sub-adult male fur seals will continue to be authorized during the summer season as under existing regulations, and will be allowed at additional locations.

The total number of fur seals harvested annually will remain within the range of 300–500 male animals that has been in place since 1997.

Click here to read Federal Register notice of this NMFS rule.



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