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Title and Description:

Critical Habitat Designation for the Arctic Ringed Seal

Designation of critical habitat is a required part of the regulatory process for species listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, and is to be based upon the best scientific and commercial data available.  We are obtaining independent peer review of: (1) the compilation and analysis of information in the proposed rule regarding the habitat needs of Arctic ringed seals and the physical and biological features essential to the conservation of the species; and (2) the compilation and analysis of information regarding the potential impacts of the proposed critical habitat designation contained in a draft economic report and summarized in the proposed rule.

ID: 288 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 10/5/2015
Actual DIssemination Date: 3/1/2016
Contact Person: Michael LIddel NOAA Locator

Date First Posted in Peer Review Agenda: 11/25/2014

Estimated Peer Review Start Date: 10/20/2014
Review type: letters
Number of reviewers:
Peer reviewers will be selected by: the agency.

Will the public, including scientific or professional societies, be asked to nominate potential peer reviewers? no

Will there be opportunities for the public to comment on the work product to be peer reviewed? yes

How? The proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the Arctic ringed seal will be published in the Federal Register and a public comment period will be provided on the proposal prior to publication of the final rule and the final economic report; electronic copies of the proposed rule and the draft economic report will be available upon publication from and will be posted on the NMFS Alaska Region Web site (

When? Public comments must be received within 60 days of publication of the proposed rule in the Federal Register.

Will the agency provide significant and relevant public comments to the peer reviewers before they conduct their review? no.

Primary disciplines or expertise needed in the review: Marine mammal biologists familiar with ringed seal biology, ecology, and habitat needs; economists familiar with analyzing potential impacts of critical habitat designations

Comments on Peer Review:

Charge to reviewers

Charge to economic reviewers

Charge to reviewers of the evaluation of the critical habitat

Final peer review reports



Revised proposed rule (draft evaluation report)

Draft economic work product

Final work product - there will be none, as the final rule has been postponed indefinitiely.