The federal government is seeking a six-month delay for deciding whether two seals that depend on sea ice should be listed as a threatened species because of climate warming.
All three seals use sea ice to give birth.
NOAA Fisheries spokeswoman Julie Speegle said Monday that the agency has proposed delaying the decision until June 10.
She says there’s disagreement over analysis of model projections of future sea ice habitat.
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA’s Fisheries Service Propose Policy to Improve Implementation of Endangered Species Act (PDF)