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Ringed Seal (Arctic subspecies)
With the loss of sea ice due to climate change, concern has arisen over the survival of ice seals. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) was petitioned to list ribbon seals under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In 2008, upon finding that the petition for ribbon seals had merit, NMFS decided to initiate status reviews for the ribbon seal and the other three species of ice seal, the spotted seal, the ringed seal, and the bearded seal. In December 2010 NMFS proposed to list the ringed seal as a threatened species under the ESA. Four subspecies of ringed seal were listed in 2012, with only the Arctic subspecies being found in Alaska.
For general information on Ringed Seal, see the Ringed Seal species profile page.