Largest Critical Habitat Designation in History

Press Release Center for Biological Diversity

Largest Critical Habitat Designation in History Would
Protect 226 Million Acres for Alaska’s Ringed Seals

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Arctic ringed seals threatened by climate change today received proposed protections for more than 226 million acres of critical habitat in Alaska’s Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas. Ringed seals were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2012 as a result of a Center for Biological Diversity petition. Today’s critical habitat proposal from the National Marine Fisheries Service would be the largest such designation in history, protecting more than 350,000 square miles, an area more than twice the size of California.

Ringed seal
Photo courtesy National Marine Mammal Laboratory, NOAA. Photos are available for media use.

“We’re thrilled that the ringed seals are getting the habitat protections they so desperately need as their sea-ice home melts beneath them,” said Shaye Wolf, climate science director for the…

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