NMFS releases 2008 Beluga survey numbers for Cook Inlet

The National Marine Fisheries Service released the 2008 Cook Inlet Beluga survey numbers today. The number of estimated animals is the same as last year- 375. The count was important to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as the agency has been delaying a final decision on whether or not to list the Cook Inlet beluga under the Endangered Species Act until they had this year’s number.

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

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