List Ringed Seals as a Threatened Species
  • Petitioned Doug Vincent-Lang

This petition was delivered to:

Alaska's Endangered Species Act Coordinator
Doug Vincent-Lang
Nunavut Deputy Environment Minister
David Akeeagok

List Ringed Seals as a Threatened Species

    1. Christopher Ives
    2. Petition by

      Christopher Ives

      Anchorage, AK


Like the polar bear, these seals rely on sea ice and snow to survive.  Once born, the pup has three to seven weeks to grow a blubber layer that will let it survive the icy Arctic waters and freezing outside temperatures. Until that time, the pup must stay dry and warm in their snow den.  Federal biologists note that less snow means insufficient shelter, making pups more vulnerable to predators and exposure.

The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has proposed listing the Ringed Seals as a threatened species due to escalating climate change under the Endangered Species Act.  This listing would provide needed protection through policy and habitat designation for the seals in the Alaskan north, and set an example for other northern nations. As usual, greed and resource exploitation has got some officials protesting the NOAA recommendation.

Despite decreases in seal populations in the region, and climate scientists warning of increased warming, one of Canada's Deputy Environmental Ministers, David Akeeagok and Alaska’s Endangered Species Act Coordinator, Doug Vincent-Lang plan to fight the recommendation on the grounds that it could disrupt trade and economic development.

Let’s not wait for climate change to destroy this beautiful species.  We can support new climate legislation by listing arctic species under the Endangered Species Act.

Sign this petition to tell Alaska’s ESA Coordinator and Canada’s David Akeeagok that the Ringed Seal deserves our support! 

Original Photo by Flickr user: jomilo75  Attribution Licence



Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1 signatures
    2. Christopher Ives
      Petition Organizer

      Everyone in Alaska:
      Come out and show your support at the public hearings!!

      Anchorage: March 7, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Egan Center (Lower Level), 555 West Fifth Avenue
      Barrow: March 22, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Inupiat Heritage Center, 5421 North Star Street
      Nome: Date and location TBD, email Shaye Wolf at for updates

    3. Christopher Ives
      Petition Organizer

      Great work! 1,000 Signatures!

    4. Reached 1 signatures
    5. Christopher Ives
      Petition Organizer

      Comment Period was extended! Go Here for more info and to submit your comment to NOAA. . If you haven't signed yet, please do! Tell some friends, family, co-workers. Let's get this to 1,000 signatures before the comment period is over.

    6. NOAA Offers More Time to Speak Up for Arctic Seals

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      On February 8th, in response to public outcry, the National Ocean and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) has extended the comment period an additional 45 days, until March 5th, before it decides whether to list the Arctic's ringed seals as a threatened...

    7. Feds Mull Threatened Listing for Arctic's Ringed Seals

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Last month, the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) finally concluded its study on the proposed status of the Ringed Seal under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which was originally instigated by a petition through the Center for...

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      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

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      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

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    Reasons for signing

    • karen rice DALE, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      Support these beautiful animals so our grandchildren can enjoy them!

    • Deb Brown RALEIGH, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      "Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals."

      -Milan Kundera

    • Michela Rebuli LONDON, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      We need to protect seals once and for all. The threat of melting sea ice and less snow is very real. Our greed for oil is a constant threat to all the marine wildlife in the arctic, especially seals. Please help these seals.

    • Lynn Sajdak SMYRNA, GA
      • over 3 years ago

      Humans have caused so much damage to the world that no animal is safe in their own natural environment! It is up to us to fix this!


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