NMFS Extends Opening Date of Subsistence Use Season for Eastern Pacific Stock of Northern Fur Seals

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has extended the opening date of the subsistence use season of the Eastern Pacific stock of northern fur seals (Callorhinusursinus) by opening the season on June 20, 2018, in response to a request from the Traditional Council of St. George Island, Tribal Government. The subsistence use regulations at 50 CFR 216.72(a) authorize the extension of the northern fur seal harvest earlier than the scheduled opening date of June 23. The opening of the season three days earlier is intended to provide meat for the community of St. George Island in response to the unavailability of food in the community store due to unforeseen flight cancellations and the complete consumption of fur seal meat from harvests in 2017.

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