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NMFS denies ribbon seal endangered species listing

General July 10, 2013

A ribbon seal rests on sea ice in the Bering Sea, in this May 27, 2007 photo by John Jansen of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The National Marine Fisheries Service has again rejected an endangered species listing for the ribbon seal, a species of ice seal found off Alaska, as it did in December 2008. The agency says in July 9, 2013 announcement that anticipated threats from reductions in sea ice and disruption to prey will result in a gradual decline in ribbon seal population numbers. However, the decline is not expected to put them in danger of extinction in the foreseeable future. (AP Photo/NOAA, John Jansen)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal government has rejected an endangered species listing for a seal species that relies on sea ice for molting and reproducing.

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