Agency Wants Seals' Endangered Listings Delayed
Environmental group questions delays
The National Marine Fisheries Service is taking another look at whether to list several species of arctic seals as “endangered.”
The agency has agreed to a one-year review of the arctic ribbon seal to consider new evidence that the seal’s habitat is being threatened by melting sea ice. But the agency postponed decisions on two other species for an additional six months.
Environmental groups are questioning the delays. “We really don’t have more time,” said Rebecca Noblin of the Center for Biological Diversity. “These seals are losing their sea ice habitat rapidly because of green house gas emissions, and if we are going to save the seals and if we are going to save the other species in the Arctic that are reliant on the sea ice we really need to do something about our green house gas emissions right now
The agency says it wants more time to consider both ringed and bearded seals, two other species that are proposed for additional protections.