Submission deadline passed.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has proposed to list Arctic ringed seals and the Beringia distinct population segment (DPS) of bearded seals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Section 4(a)(3) of the ESA requires that, to the extent practicable and determinable, critical habitat be designated concurrently with the listing of a species. If critical habitat is not determinable at that time, NMFS may take up to one additional year from the date when the final rule to list a species is due to designate critical habitat (should ringed and bearded seals be listed, this date would be June 10, 2013).
Under the direction of, and in close coordination with, the Regional Economist, NMFS –Alaska Region, the Contractor shall perform (i) three principal tasks with respect to Arctic ringed seals, 5 (ii) three principal tasks with respect to the Beringia DPS of bearded seals, and (iii) one principal task with respect to Arctic ringed seals and the Beringia DPS of bearded seals combined.
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Q&A Responses – Posted 11.20.2012
Original posting date: 11.15.2012