<div><div><b style="background-color:rgba(255,255,255,0)"><font size="2">Important News for<span></span> Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins</font></b></div><div><font size="2"><span style="background-color:rgba(255,255,255,0)"><br></span></font></div><div><font size="2"><span style="background-color:rgba(255,255,255,0)">Today (August 24, 2016), NOAA/NMFS published in the <i>Federal Register </i>a proposed rule under the Marine Mammal Protection Act to prohibit swimming-with and approaching Hawaiian spinner dolphins within 50 yards. These regulations are designed to reduce human activities that result in take of spinner dolphins, including harassment and disturbance.</span></font></div></div><div><font size="2"><span style="background-color:rgba(255,255,255,0)"><br></span></font></div><div><font size="2"><span style="background-color:rgba(255,255,255,0)">Following is the direct link to the FR Notice:</span></font></div><div><font size="2"><span style="background-color:rgba(255,255,255,0)"><br></span></font></div><div><font color="#000000" size="2"><span style="background-color:rgba(255,255,255,0)"><a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/08/24/2016-20324/protective-regulations-for-hawaiian-spinner-dolphins-under-the-marine-mammal-protection-act" target="_blank">https://www.federalregister.go<wbr>v/articles/2016/08/24/2016-203<wbr>24/protective-regulations-for-<wbr>hawaiian-spinner-dolphins-unde<wbr>r-the-marine-mammal-protection<wbr>-act</a><br></span></font></div><div><font size="2"><span style="background-color:rgba(255,255,255,0)"><br></span></font></div><div><b><i style="background-color:rgba(255,255,255,0)"><font size="2">Please note that public comments are due on or before October 23, 2016.</font></i></b></div><div><font size="2"><span style="background-color:rgba(255,255,255,0)"><br></span></font></div><div><font size="2"><span style="background-color:rgba(255,255,255,0)">Following is the link to the NOAA/NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office's dedicated webpage on the proposed rule with additional background documents:</span></font></div><div><font size="2"><span style="background-color:rgba(255,255,255,0)"><br></span></font></div><div><font color="#000000" size="2"><span style="background-color:rgba(255,255,255,0)"><a href="http://www.fpir.noaa.gov/PRD/prd_spinner_EIS.html" target="_blank">http://www.fpir.noaa.gov/PRD/p<wbr>rd_spinner_EIS.html</a><br></span></font></div><div><br></div><br><br>-- <br><div dir="ltr"><div><div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:12.8000001907349px;color:rgb(51,102,255)">********************</span><br style="font-size:12.8000001907349px;color:rgb(51,102,255)"><span style="font-size:12.8000001907349px;color:rgb(51,102,255)">Trevor R. Spradlin, M.Res.</span><span style="font-size:12.8000001907349px;color:rgb(51,102,255)"><br>Acting Chief</span><span style="font-size:12.8000001907349px;color:rgb(51,102,255)"><br></span><span style="font-size:12.8000001907349px;color:rgb(51,102,255)">Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Division (F/PR2)<br>Office of Protected Resources</span><br style="font-size:12.8000001907349px;color:rgb(51,102,255)"><span style="font-size:12.8000001907349px;color:rgb(51,102,255)">NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service</span><br style="font-size:12.8000001907349px;color:rgb(51,102,255)"><span style="font-size:12.8000001907349px;color:rgb(51,102,255)">Tel: 301-427-8479</span><br style="font-size:12.8000001907349px;color:rgb(51,102,255)"><span style="font-size:12.8000001907349px;color:rgb(51,102,255)">E-mail: <a href="mailto:Trevor.Spradlin@noaa.gov" target="_blank">Trevor.Spradlin@noaa.gov</a></span><br></div></div></div><br>