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Enviornmental Assestment For Issuing an Exempted Fishing Permit for the Purpose of Testing a Salmon Excluder Device in the Eastern Bering Sea Pollock Fishery
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    This Environmental Assessment analyzes alternatives on issuance of an exempted fishing permit for testing a salmon excluder device in the pollock trawl fishery of the Bering Sea. The experiment would be conducted from fall 2008 through spring 2010. The pollock trawl industry has experienced high numbers of salmon bycatch even though salmon bycatch measures are in place. New methods are needed to reduce salmon bycatch in the Alaska groundfish fisheries because of its potential effects on the salmon stocks important to Alaska and Canada and the cost to the pollock fishing industry. The successful development of a salmon excluder device for pollock trawl gear may result in reductions of salmon bycatch, potentially reducing costs associated with the harvest of pollock, and reducing the potential impact of the pollock trawl fishery on the salmon stocks. The proposed action is not expected to have significant impacts on the human environment.
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