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Listing of the Saimaa Seal Subspecies of the Ringed Seal Under the ESA


Endangered Species Act
Action Status
Final Rule
Affected Species


NOAA Fisheries is listing the Saimaa seal (Phoca hispida saimensis) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA). NOAA Fisheries used the best available scientific and commercial information to make this determination. The Saimaa seal ls a subspecies of the ringed seal (Phoca hispida) that has adapted to a freshwater environment. Scientists estimate the population at about 160-180. The seals are limited in range to Lake Saimaa in eastern Finland.

Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 12/16/2022

Ringed Seal