Tags: US | Bearded | Seals

Judge Rules Feds Wrongly Protecting Bearded Seals

Friday, 25 Jul 2014 07:31 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

A federal judge in Alaska has ruled that a federal agency improperly listed bearded seals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Judge Ralph Beistline in Fairbanks says the decision by the National Marine Fisheries Services was "arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion."

The state, the Alaska Oil and Gas Association and the North Slope Borough sued after the agency added bearded seals and ringed seals in the Arctic Ocean to the threatened list in December 2012. Polar bears also are listed because of a loss of sea ice.

Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty says the listing "was based solely on speculative 100-year projections that lacked any credible scientific evidence."

Fisheries officials didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

The state didn't challenge the listing for ringed seals.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Lawyers: Dallas Hospital Not at Serious Risk Over Ebola Death

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 23:27 PM

If they decided to seek more than an apology from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, the family of Thomas Eric Duncan,  . . .

Nancy Snyderman, NBC Crew Freed From Ebola Quarantine

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 19:47 PM

NBC News' chief medical editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, and the rest of her crew have been released from their 21-day Ebola . . .

Report: Secret Service Blasted Again for Improper Behavior

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 18:51 PM

The Secret Service is in trouble again, this time over a report that agents improperly became involved in a domestic has . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved