Application to list the Kittlitz’s Murrelet under State of Alaska Endangered Species Act Filed

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition to list the Kittlitz Murrelet as endangered under the US endangered species act (ESA) inn 2001.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2004 determined that the seabirds warranted protection but weren’t actually listed due to their position on the priority list and due to funding constraints.  It’s possible due to changes in the priority list that a status review could begin within a year. 

A petition was just filed with the State of Alaska under their laws for a listing since the federal government has not yet taken action.  The petition states that the seabirds have declined by 80-90% in the last 20 years.  The petition states that the seabirds are being affected by global warming on it’s habitat.  Kittlitz Murrelet are closely associated with glaciers during summer breeding where they concentrate in areas near tidewater glaciers.  The petition also stated that the murrelets are threatened by oil spills and drowning each year in fishing nets.  They suggest that boat traffic, including cruise ships near glaciers disrupt the birds and that since most drowning occur at night, the State could implement closures to night fishing.

Information on Kittlitz’s Murrelet http://alaska.fws.gov/mbsp/mbm/seabirds/pdf/kimu.pdf

ADN News Article http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/ap_alaska/story/712222.html

2001 Federal ESA petition information http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/species/birds/Kittlitzs_murrelet/index.html

 

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