Draft RIR/4(b)(2) Preparatory Assessment/IRFA of Critical Habitat Designation for the Arctic Ringed Seal (2014)

September 19, 2014

Regulatory Impact Review on the designation of critical habitat for Arctic ringed seals in waters of the northern Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea, and the Beaufort Sea. Project Number: 44195001.00

The proposed action being addressed in this Regulatory Impact Review is the designation of critical habitat for Arctic ringed seals in waters of the northern Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea, and the Beaufort Sea, adjacent to the coast of Alaska, under the Endangered Species Act. The purpose of this RIR/4(b)(2) Preparatory Assessment/IRFA is to evaluate the economic, socioeconomic, and other costs and benefits of designating CH for the Arctic ringed seal, and assist the Secretary of Commerce in determining whether the benefits of excluding any particular area from the CH designation outweigh the benefits of including that particular area in the designation.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 06/18/2018

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