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This article makes a strong argument for the no-action alternative on the basis of the gaps in understanding for the effected ecosystem. To grant a ten-year extension would be an action potentially contrary to the goal of the Wilderness Act, falling into disharmony with the principle of preserving natural habitats for the enjoyment of the American people. Furthermore, setting the precedent of acting on incomplete information creates a dangerously slippery slope for the future of habitat preservation.

This article provides compelling reasons for increased data collection and analysis. With more information, scientists, lawyers, and stakeholders will be able to collaborate and make decisions that account for the ecosystem as a whole. Without such holistic understanding, every part of this rich, integrated system - the water, seals, oysters, fish, harvesting company, consumers, etc. - is put at risk unless the precautionary principle is adopted.

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