NMFS reviews status of Arctic seals

The federal government is reviewing the status of three Arctic seals that live off Alaska’s coasts to determine if they should be listed under the Endangered Species Act.  Yesterday, the National Marine Fisheries Service said there is enough of a question about the health of the seal populations to warrant looking into whether they are threatened or endangered.  The agency is responding to a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity, which says the ringed, bearded, and spotted seals are at risk because of global warming.

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington, DC

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