[MARMAM] false killer whale comments due

Jasny, Michael mjasny at nrdc.org
Thu Feb 11 06:11:29 PST 2010

Dear all,  
This is just a reminder that comments on the scope of NMFS' take
reduction team for Hawaiian false killer whales are due February 18th.
NMFS has announced that the take reduction team will address
interactions between the Hawaii pelagic, Hawaii insular, and Palmyra
Atoll stocks of false killer whales (FKWs) with Hawaii's two longline
fisheries (deep-set and shallow-set).  As many of you know, these teams
are essential for helping reduce bycatch in vulnerable populations.
Hawaii pelagic FKWs are listed as a "strategic stock" under the Marine
Mammal Protection Act, and NMFS recently found that listing the insular
population under the Endangered Species Act may be warranted.
As presently conceived, however, the new take reduction team would not
address several other fisheries that are very likely to interact with at
least the insular population of FKWs: Hawaii's shortline and kaka
fisheries, which often work within the population's range and target its
typical prey species.  
Comments should be (1) submitted electronically through
www.regulations.gov (regulation number 0648-XT76), or else (2) mailed
to: Assistant Regional Administrator, Protection Resources, NMFS,
Pacific Islands Regional Office, 1601 Kapiolani Boulevard Suite 1110,
Honolulu, HI 96814.  More information is available at
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/fr/fr75-2853.pdf.  Again, the deadline
for receipt of comments is February 18th.

Michael Jasny
Senior Policy Analyst
Natural Resources Defense Council
4479 W. 5th Avenue
Vancouver, BC  V6R1S4
tel. 604-736-9386
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fax. 310-434-2399


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