NOAA seeks public input on potential conservation measures to protect harbor seals from vessel disturbance
NOAA Fisheries has filed with the Federal Register an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to solicit public input on the issue of vessel interactions with harbor seals in glacial fjords in Alaska. Once published, a public comment period will be open for 60 days.
The agency is considering whether additional management measures may be necessary to preserve the important function and productivity of tidewater glacial habitat in Alaska, reduce disturbance of harbor seals by vessels, and minimize the change of long-term impacts to the population in Alaska. At this time, NOAA Fisheries is only seeking input and is not proposing to adopt any specific additional management measures.