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About 350,000 square miles of "critical habitat" for ringed seals would be protected under the proposal Photo: NOAA Fisheries.

Sounding Board: Critical Habitat Questions

NOAA Fisheries has proposed a critical habitat for ringed seal in Alaska. That habitat would stretch from the northern Beaufort and Chukchi seas, south into the Bering Strait. Between now and March 31st, NOAA has opened the habitat proposal to public comment.