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Feds mull Alaska's petition to delist humpbacks

...20,000.That petition also received a positive finding. But neither petition is a done deal, NOAA spokeswoman Julie Speegle said."This is just a first step in a process," she said. "It doesn't prejudge the outcome of the status review...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-06-25/feds-mull-alaskas-petition-delist-humpb
State
Feds mull Alaska's petition to delist humpbacks

...20,000.That petition also received a positive finding. But neither petition is a done deal, NOAA spokeswoman Julie Speegle said."This is just a first step in a process," she said. "It doesn't prejudge the outcome of the status review...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-06-26/feds-mull-alaskas-petition-delist-humpb
State
Feds: No listing for Southeast herring

...trend in abundance between 1980 and 2011, and there is positive growth rates and productivity.Agency spokeswoman Julie Speegle said 2011 was the latest data available for the study.The agency said there are periodic low levels of local spawning...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-04-04/feds-no-listing-southeast-herring
Outdoors
Humpbacks' endangered species status questioned

...population.NMFS has 90 days to determine if Alaska's petition justifies an in-depth review, agency spokeswoman Julie Speegle said.The larger population of whales throughout the North Pacific had dwindled to fewer than 1,400 in 1996. The...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-02-28/humpbacks-endangered-species-status-que
State
Efforts to free entangled whale halted

...whale's evasive behavior, coupled with murky waters, made efforts to capture video underneath the whale futile, said Julie Speegle, spokeswoman for the NOAA Alaska region.The last mission succeeded in removing some gear, but a necklace is still...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2013-09-06/efforts-free-entangled-whale-halted
Local
NOAA takes Steller sea lions off threatened list

...delisted was the eastern North Pacific gray whale, which was taken off the threatened list in 1994, NOAA spokeswoman Julie Speegle said.The agency earlier this year recommended delisting the eastern population of the Steller sea lions, an action...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-10-23/noaa-takes-steller-sea-lions-threatened
State
'Deadliest Catch' fishery gears up for late start

...Service workers returned to work Thursday.The goal is to get the necessary permits issued by the end of the week, said Julie Speegle, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which oversees NMFS.Joshua Songstad, a...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-10-18/deadliest-catch-fishery-gears-late-star
State
Better than Bigfoot: Rare ragfish washes up on Lena Beach

...to bop one on the head with a salmon club, the club would go straight through. Ragfish have no scales, NOAA's Julie Speegle said. Their bodies are soft, their skin not unlike a squid's: a dark top layer can be easily removed to reveal...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2013-08-16/better-bigfoot-rare-ragfish-washes-l
Outdoors
Agency rejects petition to list cold-water corals as endangered

...species-specific information."The study of deep-sea corals in Alaska is a new science," said NMFS Alaska spokeswoman Julie Speegle said.Much more is known about warm water corals, she said, and they're not the same. Alaska corals, for example...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-02-13/agency-rejects-petition-list-cold-water
State
NMFS denies seal endangered listing

...ice and disrupted prey communities, will result in a gradual decline in ribbon seal population abundance," said Julie Speegle in the announcement. "However, this decline is not expected to render the species in danger of extinction within...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-07-10/nmfs-denies-seal-endangered-listing
State

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