90-Day Finding on a Petition To Revise the Critical Habitat Designation for the North Pacific Right Whale (Draft)
Jul. 12, 2022
NMFS announced a 90-day finding on a petition to revise the critical habitat designation for the North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica) under the ESA. In April 2008, they issued a final rule designating approximately 3,050 square kilometers (~1,175 square miles) and approximately 91,850 square kilometers (~35,460 square miles) of critical habitat for North Pacific right whales in the Gulf of Alaska and the Southeast Bering Sea, respectively. The petition requests they revise this critical habitat. They find that the petition presents substantial scientific information indicating the petitioned action may be warranted. They are hereby initiating a review of the currently designated critical habitat to determine whether revision is warranted. To ensure a comprehensive review, they are soliciting scientific and commercial information pertaining to this action. Scientific and commercial information pertinent to the petitioned action must be received by 12 September 2022. POC is Jenna Malek, NMFS Alaska Region, email@example.com, (907) 271-1332. (Federal Register 12 July 2022 [Proposed Rule] Pages 41271-41273).