Harbor Seals in Alaska
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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Harbor Seals

Harbor Seals in Alaska

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    Harbor seals. Photo: John Jansen, NOAA Fisheries, NMML


  • Proposed Rulemaking
    • NMFS' letter on plans to address the effects of vessel traffic on harbor seals, March 2014
    • A Balancing Act for Harbor Seals on Ice: Weighing Long-term Protection for Seals with a Growing Interest in Vessel-based Tourism (January 2014 poster)
    • Public Workshops
    • 78 FR 15669, March 12, 2013. Advance notice of proposed rulemaking. NMFS is considering whether to propose regulations to protect glacially-associated harbor seal habitats in Alaska used for pupping, nursing, resting, and molting and limit vessel disturbance to harbor seals in those habitats. Comment period through May 13, 2013.
    • News Release: NOAA seeks public input on potential conservation measures to protect harbor seals from vessel disturbance, March 2013
  • Research on Vessel Disturbance


Endangered Species Act

  • 78 FR 34309, June 07, 2013. Extension of the public comment period to solicit information for the status review of Pacific harbor seals in Iliamna Lake. Public comment period through August 16, 2013.
  • News Release: NOAA to review status of harbor seals in Iliamna Lake, seeks public comment
  • 78 FR 29098, May 17, 2013. Notice of a 90-day finding on a petition to list the Pacific harbor seals in Iliamna Lake as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Comment period through July 16, 2013.
  • NMFS letter of acknowledgment, December 2012
  • Center for Biological Diversity Petition to List Iliamna Lake Seal, a Distinct Population Segment of Pacific Harbor Seal Under the Endangered Species Act, November 2012


harbor seal on ice
Harbor seals. Photo: Amy Martins, NOAA Fisheries



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