NOAA considering listing of ribbon seal, and initiating status reviews of other Alaskan seal species
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73 Fed. Reg. 16617 (Friday, March 28, 2008)(Department of Commerce; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Notice of a 90–day petition finding; request for information; and initiation of status reviews of ribbon, bearded, ringed, and spotted seals)
SUMMARY: We (NMFS) announce a 90–day finding on a petition to list the ribbon seal (Histriophoca fasciata) as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted. Therefore, we initiate a status review of the ribbon seal to determine if listing under the ESA is warranted. Concurrently, we also initiate a status review of the other ice seal species: bearded (Erignathus barbatus), ringed (Phoca fasciata), and spotted (Phoca largha). To ensure these status reviews are comprehensive, we solicit scientific and commercial information regarding all of these ice seal species.
Photo of ribbon seal , with "ribbons" clearly visible in contrast to the ice, from NOAA National Marine Mammal Laboratory