Endangered Status of the Gulf of Mexico Bryde's Whale
Apr. 15, 2019
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a final rule to list the Gulf of Mexico Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera edeni) as endangered under the ESA. After reviewing the best scientific and commercial data available, including the status review and comments received on the proposed rule, NMFS have determined that the whale warrants listing as endangered. The whale is presently in danger of extinction throughout all of its range due to its small population size and restricted range, and the threats of energy exploration, development and production, oil spills and oil spill response, vessel collision, fishing gear entanglement, and anthropogenic noise. Critical habitat is not determinable at this time but will be proposed in a future rulemaking. This final rule is effective on May 15, 2019. POC: Laura Engleby, NMFS, Southeast Regional Office, tele: (727) 824-5312, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Federal Register: 15 April 2019 [Rules and Regulations] Pages 15446-15488).