Proposed Rule To Designate Critical Habitat for the Central America, Mexico, and Western North Pacific Distinct Population Segments of Humpback Whales (Draft)
Oct. 9, 2019
NMFS is proposing to designate critical habitat for the endangered Western North Pacific distinct population segment (DPS), the endangered Central America DPS, and the threatened Mexico PS of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) pursuant to section 4 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Areas proposed as critical habitat include specific marine areas located off the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. NMFS is soliciting comments on all aspects of the proposed critical habitat designations and will consider information received prior to making final designations. Comments must be received by 9 December 2019. Requests for public hearings must be made in writing by 25 November 2019. POC is Lisa Manning, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources 301-427-8466. (Federal Register: 9 October 2019 [Proposed Rules] Pages 54354-54391)

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