[MARMAM] Proposed Rule to id and list humpback whale distinct population segments under ESA, files 4/21

Jonathan Shannon - NOAA Federal jonathan.shannon at noaa.gov
Mon Apr 20 09:25:45 PDT 2015


Good afternoon MARMAM,

NOAA Fisheries is proposing to revise the listing of the humpback whale
under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) based on an extensive status review.
Of the 14 distinct population segments identified in the review, two are
proposed for listing as threatened, two are proposed for listing as
endangered, and 10 are not proposed to be listed under the ESA.

Efforts to protect and conserve humpback whales over the last 40 years have
been successful and have resulted in growth in most populations of humpback
whales. Through our status review, we have determined that ten of the
identified DPSs are no longer in danger of extinction (endangered) nor are
they likely to become so in the foreseeable future (threatened).

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comments on this proposal in a Federal
Register Notice
<https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2015-09010.pdf>
that will publish on 4/21/2015. The public comment period will be open for
90-days until 7/20/2015.

For more information, visit our website
<http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2015/04/04_20_15humpback.html>.

Best regards,

Jonathan Shannon
*Outreach Specialist*
NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources
U.S. Department of Commerce
Office: 301-427-8431
jonathan.shannon at noaa.gov





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