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Status Review of the Bearded Seal (Erignathus barbatus)

December 01, 2010

Endangered Species Act status review of the bearded seal, NOAA technical memorandum NMFS-AFSC 211.

On March 28, 2008, NOAA Fisheries initiated a status review of the bearded seal under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Then on May 28, 2008, we received a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity to list the bearded seal as a threatened or endangered species under the ESA, primarily due to concern about threats to this species' habitat from climate warming and loss of sea ice. To assist with determining whether listing of the bearded seal under the ESA is warranted, a Biological Review Team was convened by NOAA Fisheries to assess the best available information concerning the status of ringed seals and past, present, and future threats to the species.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 06/30/2022

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