Here is a statement from the National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office, on the Steller sea lion ruling:
"Overall, we are pleased with the court's decision, which supports the science-based foundations of the fishery management regulations we have worked to put in place to protect the western Steller sea lion," said Alaska Regional Administrator Jim Balsiger. "Going forward, NOAA Fisheries will work with the Department of Justice to comply with the Court's request for briefing on a remedy in regards for the need for an environmental impact statement."
"We are certainly most sympathetic to the plight of fishermen in these trying times," Alaska Fisheries Science Center Director Doug DeMaster added. "A healthy ecosystem is in the long-term interest of fishermen, who depend more than most industries on natural resources. We are looking forward to working with our partners and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to maintain healthy, robust ecosystems for the long-term economic benefit of fishers in Alaska."
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