St. Paul Tribal Government Awarded Grant for Steller Sea Lion Diet Study

Alexandra Gutierrez, KUCB – Unalaska

The North Pacific Fishery Management CouncilĀ  is awarding $158,000 to the St. Paul tribal government in the Pibilof Islands.

The Species Recovery Grants to Tribes program funding will go to study the Stellar Sea Lion diet. And because some residents of St. Paul hunt the sea lions for subsistence, the tribe will also measure for contaminants.

Phillip Zavadil, director of St. Paul’s tribal ecosystem conservation office, explains why his community is so concerned about the decline of the sea lion population.

The Steller Sea Lion diet study will continue for three years.

CORRECTION: On air this morning, we accidentally referred to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council as the North Pole Fishery Management Council.

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