Wesley Early, Alaska's Energy Desk - Kotzebue

Arctic seals were listed as threatened in 2012. Now their sea ice habitat will be protected, too.

The Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas are home to a variety of marine mammals, including bearded seals and ringed seals. Though both species are in relative abundance, long-term projections forecast a threat to the once abundant sea ice that the seals live on. As a result, the species were listed as threatened in 2012 under the Endangered Species Act.

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