Conservation body confirms Saimaa seal “critically endangered” -SL

NEWS ROOM FINLAND

The February issue of Suomen Luonto, a paper published by the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation, quoted Kit Kovacs, the chair of the pinniped specialist group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, as saying that a forthcoming IUCN report would confirm that the Saimaa ringed was “critically endangered”.

The IUCN had classified the subspecies as critically endangered in a list published late last year, but the reclassification is not official before the publication of the report in March or April.

Critically endangered is the IUCN’s highest risk rating for wild species.

Finnish authorities put the Saimaa ringed seal population at about 260 individuals.

/STT/

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