Harbor Seals in Iliamna Lake, Alaska

NOAA Fisheries conducted a status review of eastern North Pacific harbor seals in Iliamna Lake, Alaska under the Endangered Species Act in 2016 and found that the species did not warrant listing. All harbor seals are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Harbor seals in Iliamna lake.

Harbor seals that live in the freshwater environment of Iliamna Lake. Photo: NOAA Fisheries

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Status Review and Petition

NOAA Fisheries completed a review of the status of eastern North Pacific harbor seals (Phoca vitulina richardii) in Iliamna Lake, Alaska, in response to a petition to list these seals as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Based on the best scientific and commercial information available, we concluded that the seals in Iliamna Lake do not constitute a species, subspecies, or distinct population segment under the ESA and that listing the harbor seals in Iliamna Lake, Alaska is not warranted.

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