01 Jun '11, 11pm

New Habitat Protections Proposed for Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals:

For Immediate Release, June 1, 2011 Contact: Miyoko Sakashita, Center for Biological Diversity, (510) 845-6703, [email protected] Marti Townsend, KAHEA, (808) 372-1314, [email protected] New Habitat Protections Proposed for Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals SAN FRANCISCO— The federal government has proposed to designate more than 11,000 square miles of critical habitat for endangered Hawaiian monk seals . The proposed rule protects beaches and coastal waters on all the main Hawaiian Islands and expands protected habitat in the Northwestern Islands. The proposal responds to a 2008 petition filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance, and Ocean Conservancy. Hawaiian monk seals are among the most endangered marine mammals in the world, with a population of approximately 1,000 animals. The proposal will protect coastal areas...

Full article: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/20...

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