ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A population of Pacific harbor seals living in an Alaska lake could be another hurdle for developers proposing a massive open-pit copper and gold mine.
The Center for Biological Diversity on Monday petitioned the federal government for endangered species protection for harbor seals that live in Iliamna Lake about 200 miles southwest of Anchorage. The Pebble Mine poses a threat to the only known U.S. freshwater population of harbor seal, said spokeswoman Kiersten Lippman.
"They often don't do well with human disturbance, in many cases, especially if they're not used to it," said Lippman, a biologist for the group in Anchorage.
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National Fisherman Live: 1/27/15
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Second wave of disaster funds for Alaska
Fisherman lands N.C.’s largest bluefin ever
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NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.