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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.