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NOAA proposes huge critical habitat area for ringed seals December Issue 1 2014

NOAA proposes huge critical habitat area for ringed seals

The federal agency that oversees the U.S. seal population has proposed 350,000 square miles of ocean off Alaska’s north and west coast as critical habitat for the main prey of polar bears. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Dec. 2 that it’s proposing critical habitat for ringed seals throughout U.S. jurisdiction in the Beaufort and Bering seas and in much of the western Bering Sea.

Observer changes, Gulf ratz on tap for North Pacific council October Issue 1 2014

Observer changes, Gulf ratz on tap for North Pacific council

Changes to the observer program and discussion of a possible Gulf of Alaska rationalization program are back on the menu at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s October meeting. The council, which will meet Oct. 8-14 in Anchorage, will also approve crab fishery catches, take final action on Pacific cod fishery for the Community Development Quota, or CDQ, fleet and take action on Bering Sea crab fishery provisions.