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!