Steller Sea Lion Draft Revised Recovery Plan Comments

August 20, 2007

Kaja Brix
Protected Resources Division
National Marin Fisheries Service
PO Box 21668
Juneau, AK 99802-1668

Attn: Ellen Walsh

Re: Steller Sea Lion Draft Revised Recovery Plan dated May 2007

Dear Ms. Brix:

The Resource Development Council (RDC) is writing to express support of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s comments and recommendations regarding the proposed revisions of the Steller Sea Lion recovery plan.

RDC is a statewide business association comprised of individuals and companies from Alaska’s oil and gas, mining, forest products, tourism, and fisheries industries.  RDC’s membership includes Alaska Native corporations, local communities, organized labor, and industry support firms.  RDC’s purpose is to encourage a strong, diversified private sector in Alaska and expand the state’s economic base through the responsible development of our natural resources.

While RDC supports the recovery plan, it is concerned that the science in the plan is confusing and conflicting, particularly regarding the uncertainty of potential threats.  Based on the available scientific information, two threats (killer whale predation and fisheries interactions) should have equal threat level classifications.

RDC appreciates the opportunity to comment on this important issue.


Resource Development Council for Alaska, Inc.