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Management and Co-Management of Ringed, Ribbon, Spotted and Bearded Ice Seals

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ribbon seal
Ribbon seal. Photo: Mike Cameron, NOAA's National Marine Mammal Laboratory
MANAGEMENT Bearded Seals
  • December 3, 2010. AS DELIVERED TO THE FEDERAL REGISTER: Proposed rule; completion of a comprehensive status review of the bearded seal under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and announce a 12-month finding on a petition to list the bearded seal as a threatened or endangered species. NEW!
  • Status Review of the Bearded Seal, December 2010 NEW!
  • NEWS RELEASE:NOAA Proposes Listing Ringed and Bearded Seals as Threatened Under Endangered Species Act NEW!
  • 73 FR 51615, September 4, 2008. Notice of a 90–day finding on a petition to list three ice seal species as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Information and comments must be submitted by November 3, 2008.
  • Center for Biological Diversity Petition to List Three Seal Species Under the ESA: Ringed Seal (Pusa Hispida), Bearded Seal (Erignathus Barbatus), and Spotted Seal (Phoca Largha), May 2008

Ringed Seals
  • December 3, 2010. AS DELIVERED TO THE FEDERAL REGISTER: Proposed rule; completion of a comprehensive status review of the ringed seal under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and announce a 12-month finding on a petition to list the ringed seal as a threatened or endangered species. NEW!
  • Status Review of the Ringed Seal, December 2010 NEW!
  • NEWS RELEASE:NOAA Proposes Listing Ringed and Bearded Seals as Threatened Under Endangered Species ActNEW!
  • 73 FR 51615, September 4, 2008. Notice of a 90–day finding on a petition to list three ice seal species as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Information and comments must be submitted by November 3, 2008.
  • Center for Biological Diversity Petition to List Three Seal Species Under the ESA: Ringed Seal (Pusa Hispida), Bearded Seal (Erignathus Barbatus), and Spotted Seal (Phoca Largha), May 2008
Spotted Seals
Ribbon Seals
CO-MANAGEMENT
RESEARCH
Development in Beaufort and Chukchi Seas spotted seal pup on ice
Spotted seal pup on ice. Photo: NOAA's National Marine Mammal Laboratory
  • 74 FR 55539, October 28, 2009. Notice of NMFS and Minerals Management Service's withdrawl of their intent to prepare a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on proposed geophysical exploration using seismic surveys in the waters of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. Effective October 28, 2009.
  • 74 FR 55368, October 27, 2009. Notice of issuance of an Incidental Harassment Authorization to Shell Offshore Inc. and Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. in the Chukchi Sea, Alaska. Effective August 19, 2009, through August 18, 2010.
  • 73 FR 46774, August 11, 2008. Notice of an Incidental Harassment Authorization to take marine mammals, by Level-B harassment, incidental to conducting open water shallow hazard and site clearance surveys by ASRC Energy Service in the Chukchi Sea.
  • 73 FR 45969, August 7, 2008. Notice that NMFS has issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization to PGS Onshore, Inc. to take, by harassment, small numbers of six species of marine mammals incidental to an exploratory 3D marine seismic survey in the Beaufort Sea, Alaska. Effective July 30, 2008, through July 29, 2009.
  • Federal district court decision to uphold NOAA's issuance of an incidental harassment authorization to Shell Offshore, Inc., July 2008
  • 73 FR 40512, July 15, 2008. Notice of issuance of an IHA to BP Exploration, Inc. to take, by harassment, small numbers of six species of marine mammals incidental to a 3D, ocean bottom cable (OBC) seismic survey in the Liberty Prospect, Beaufort Sea, Alaska during July and August, 2008. Effective July 8, 2008, through August 25, 2008.
  • 73 FR 38990, July 8, 2008. Notice of issuance of a letter of authorization to BP Exploration, Inc. to take marine mammals incidental to the production of offshore oil and gas at the Northstar development in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska. Effective from July 7, 2008, through July 6, 2009.
  • 73 FR 36044, June 25, 2008. Notice of receipt of an application from Shell Offshore, Inc. and its contractor WesternGeco for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take small numbers of marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting marine geophysical programs, including deep seismic surveys, on oil and gas lease blocks located on Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) waters in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. Comment period through July 25, 2008.
  • 73 FR 31816, June 4, 2008. Notice of receipt of application from Shell Offshore, Inc. for an Incidental Harassment Authorization to take small numbers of marine mammals, by harassment in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska. Comment period through July 7, 2008.
  • 73 FR 9535, February 21, 2008. Notification of Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHAs) to take marine mammals, by Level-B harassment, incidental to conducting on-ice marine geophysical research and seismic surveys by CGGVeritas (Veritas) and Shell Offshore, Inc. (SOI) in the U.S. Beaufort Sea.
  • Shell Offshore, Inc. Open Water Exploration and Appraisal Drilling Program (external link)
  • Beaufort Sea Seals (external link)

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