NOAA lists Cook Inlet Belugas as endangered

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA has determined that the Cook Inlet beluga should be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The ESA listing means federal agencies that permit or fund activities such as oil, gas and coal development within the belugas habitat will have to consult with the National Marine Fisheries Service before proceeding.

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage and Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

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