Endangered and threatened species, proposed threatened status for subspecies of the ringed seal: Proposed rule, 12-month petition finding, status review, request for comments, published Dec




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Endangered and threatened species, proposed threatened and not warranted status for subspecies and distinct population segments of bearded seal: Proposed rule, 12-month petition finding, status review, request for comments, published Dec. 10, 2010, comments and by close of business Feb. 8, 2011, written requests for public hearings by Jan. 24, 2011

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The National Marine Fisheries Service has completed a comprehensive status review of the bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) under the Endangered Species Act and announces a 12-month finding on a petition to list the bearded seal as a threatened or endangered species. The bearded seal exists as two subspecies: Erignathus barbatus nauticus and Erignathus barbatus barbatus. Based on the findings from the status review report and consideration of the factors affecting these subspecies, the agency concludes that E. b. nauticus consists of two distinct population segments (DPSs), the Beringia DPS and the Okhotsk DPS. The agency has determined the Beringia DPS and the Okhotsk DPS are likely to become endangered throughout all or a significant part of their ranges in the foreseeable future. The agency has also determined that E. b. barbatus is not in danger of extinction or likely to become endangered throughout all or a significant part of its range in the foreseeable future. Accordingly, the agency now issues a proposed rule to list the Beringia DPS and the Okhotsk DPS of the bearded seal as threatened species. No listing action is proposed for E. b. barbatus. The agency solicits comments on this proposed action. At this time, the agency does not propose to designate critical habitat for the Beringia DPS because it is not currently determinable. To complete the critical habitat designation process, the agency solicits information on the essential physical and biological features of bearded seal habitat for the Beringia DPS.



Endangered and threatened species, proposed threatened status for subspecies of the ringed seal: Proposed rule, 12-month petition finding, status review, request for comments, published Dec. 10, 2010, comments and information by close of business Feb. 8, 2011, written requests for public hearings by Jan. 24, 2011

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The National Marine Fisheries Service has completed a comprehensive status review of the ringed seal (Phoca hispida) under the Endangered Species Act and announces a 12-month finding on a petition to list the ringed seal as a threatened or endangered species. Based on consideration of information presented in the status review report, an assessment of the factors in the Act, and efforts being made to protect the species, the agency has determined the Arctic (Phoca hispida hispida), Okhotsk (Phoca hispida ochotensis), Baltic (Phoca hispida botnica), and Ladoga (Phoca hispida ladogensis) subspecies of the ringed seal are likely to become endangered throughout all or a significant part of their range in the foreseeable future. Accordingly, the agency issues a proposed rule to list these subspecies of the ringed seal as threatened species, and solicits comments on this proposed action. At this time, the agency does not propose to designate critical habitat for the Arctic ringed seal because it is not currently determinable. To complete the critical habitat designation process, the agency also solicits information on essential physical and biological features of Arctic ringed seal habitat.


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