National Marine Fisheries Service

Feds Studying How To Expand Protections For Endangered OrcasThe National Marine Fisheries Service is studying how to revise habitat protections for endangered orcas that spend time in Washington state waters.
Feds Consider Removing Humpback Whales From Endangered Species ListA petition filed by the state of Alaska asks gov't to remove some North Pacific humpback whales from protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Conservation Group Wants Orcas In West Coast Waters ProtectedA conservation group is asking federal officials to protect endangered killer whales in the marine waters off the West Coast.
'Deadliest Catch' Fishery Gears Up For Late StartParticipants in Alaska's famous red king crab fishery are finally close to heading out into the Bering Sea, now that the federal government's partial shutdown is behind them.
10,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Northwest Alaska An estimated 10,000 Pacific walrus have gone ashore on Alaska's northwest coast and are bunched along a beach near the village of Point Lay.
Washington Wildlife Officer To Enforce Orca LawsWashington state is getting a new officer — one who will protect and serve killer whales. Federal funds will allow the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department to hire an officer to enforce laws protecting Puget Sound orcas.
Feds: Leave Starving Puget Sound Seal Pup AloneIt might be agonizing to watch a harbor seal pup that appears to be starving, but "rescuing" it would be unnatural and could do more harm than good, a spokesman for the National Marine Fisheries Service said.
Group Announces Intent To Sue To Protect Ice Seals A conservation organization is giving formal notice it will sue the National Marine Fisheries Service for failing to decide whether two ice-dependent northern seals will be listed as threatened because of climate change.
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