PVA Make Alaskan Harbor Seal Protest

Press Release
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) says existing voluntary Code of Conduct sufficient to protect Alaskan Harbor Seals.

PVA has submitted written comments to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) urging that the agency defer implementing broader restrictions on vessels operating in Alaska in the vicinity of tidewater glacial habitats for harbor seals in favor of current voluntary restrictions.  PVA recommended that the agency re-emphasize adherence to the existing voluntary Code of Conduct to which PVA members, and others, are already committed and which historically has proven to be adequate.

NOAA's Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) proposed expanding vessel restrictions concerning distances from seals, speed limits, specified corridors, and area closures.

PVA's comments highlighted several key points to NOAA:  

  • Harbor seal populations in Alaska are neither "endangered" nor "depleted" and that the agency has never before put in place vessel restrictions unless a marine mammal has been listed pursuant to the Endangered Species Act.
  • NOAA's studies cited in the ANPRM fail to demonstrate a causal link between seal populations and vessel activities.
  • Independent researchers have concluded that an aggressive campaign of compliance with the current voluntary Code of Conduct in Aialik Bay has reduced disturbances of seals and coincided with stabilization and subsequent increase in the harbor seal population there.

PVA also urged that NOAA concentrate its limited resources on obtaining even greater levels of adherence to the Code, a strategy that PVA members are committed to and would yield positive results for all concerned.
 
About the Passenger Vessel Association
The PVA is the national association representing the interests of owners and operators of dinner cruise vessels, sightseeing and excursion vessels, car and passenger ferries, gaming vessels, private charter boats, whale watching and eco-tour vessels, day-sailers and windjammer sailing vessels, overnight cruise ships and amphibious DUKW. PVA members operate U.S. Coast Guard certificated, Canadian Coast Guard or state inspected vessels. The passenger vessel industry carries more than 200 million passengers each year.

 

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