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2022 Alaska Marine Mammal Field Work Flyer

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February 08, 2022 -

Draft RIR/ESA Section 4(b)(2) Preparatory Assessment/IRFA of Critical Habitat Designation for the Beringia Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the Bearded Seal

Analysis of the economic, socioeconomic, and other costs and benefits associated with designating critical habitat for the Beringia DPS of the bearded seal in waters of the northern Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea, and Beaufort Sea.
December 01, 2021 - Analyses (non-NEPA) ,

Study by NOAA Fisheries Antarctic Scientists Among Journal’s Top 100 Ecology Papers of 2020

By targeting Antarctic krill hotspots, the krill fishery can have outsized negative impacts on penguins while still remaining under the catch limit.
November 10, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Penguins A gentoo penguin breeding colony at the Copacabana field station on King George Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

U.S. and Russian Scientists Partner to Study Polar Bear and Seal Populations

A cooperative aerial survey using innovative technology opens new possibilities to monitor mammals on Arctic sea ice.
May 17, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Aerial photo of a polar bear on sea ice with a superimposed enlarged image. Polar bear image captured during aerial survey of the Chukchi Sea. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

14 Seal Secrets

Learn more about seals, marine mammals that are part of the pinniped family, which means "fin-footed" in Latin.
3008x2000-spottedseal-AFSC-BStewart_0045- Retouched.jpg Spotted seal on ice. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Designation of Critical Habitat for the Beringia Distinct Population Segment of the Bearded Seal

NOAA Fisheries proposes to designate critical habitat for the Beringia distinct population segment (DPS) of the Pacific bearded seal subspecies Erignathus barbatus nauticus under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposed designation comprises an…

Designation of Critical Habitat for the Arctic Subspecies of the Ringed Seal

NOAA Fisheries announces revisions to our December 9, 2014, proposed designation of critical habitat for the Arctic subspecies of the ringed seal (Pusa hispida hispida) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The revised proposed designation comprises…

Public Hearings on Proposed Critical Habitat for Arctic Ringed Seals and the Beringia Distinct Population Segment of Bearded Seals Under the Endangered Species Act

| 4 p.m. AKST

Three public hearings will be held by teleconference on both proposed critical habitat designations.


Condition of Seals Declined During Rapid Warming in Alaska

A new study finds quantitative evidence of climate-related impacts on these typically adaptable, resilient predators.
January 27, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Photo of a spotted seal mother and pup sitting on an ice floe. Spotted seal mother and pup in the Bering Sea. Photo: NOAA Fisheries.