[MARMAM] NOAA solicits comments for false killer whale ESA petition

Alter, Liz lalter at nrdc.org
Mon Jan 11 18:09:06 PST 2010

Last week, NOAA announced a positive 90-day finding on the endangered
species petition filed for the insular population of Hawaiian false
killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens). This finding indicates that "the
petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information
indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted," and initiates a
full status review of the stock. 


NOAA is soliciting public comments on the status review of the insular
population of Hawaiian false killer whales, and we encourage members of
the MARMAM community to submit comments before the Feb 4 deadline. NOAA
is specifically soliciting comments relevant to the following topics:
"1) Taxonomy, abundance, reproductive success, age structure,
distribution, habitat selection, food habits, population density and
trends, and habitat trends; 2) Effects of other potential threat
factors, including climate change, ocean acidification, acoustic
impacts, and persistent organic pollutants; 3) Interactions with
fisheries, including longline, unregulated nearshore, and shortline
fisheries; 4) Unconfirmed interactions from local fishermen; 5) Effects
of management on the insular population of Hawaiian false killer


A link to the Federal Register notice and more information about
submitting comments can be found at:


If you have any questions about the ESA petition, please contact Liz
Alter (lalter at nrdc.org). 



S. Elizabeth Alter, PhD

Science Center

Natural Resources Defense Council

40 West 20th Street

New York, NY 10011




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