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Notice of 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s Whale as Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)

Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s Whale is “… in danger of extinction throughout all of its range and meets the definition of an endangered species …”, according to 12-month finding issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) which is now “… soliciting information that may be relevant to inform both [its] final listing determination and designation of critical habitat …” – NMFS notes that it has “… determined that the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale is taxonomically a subspecies of the Bryde’s whale thus meeting the … definition of a species. Based on the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale’s small population (likely fewer than 100 individuals), its life history characteristics, its extremely limited distribution, and its vulnerability to existing threats, we believe that the species faces a high risk of extinction …”

Document Title: * The title of the December 8, 2016 NMFS Federal Register Proposed Rule is “Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Notice of 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s Whale as Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)”
* The title of the April 6, 2015 NMFS Federal Register Proposed Rule is “Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s Whale as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act”

Organization: The December 8, 2016 Federal Register Final Rule was signed on December 2, 2016 by Samuel D. Rauch III who is the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs of the National Marine Fisheries Service, a unit of the NOAA of the US Department of Commerce

The April 6, 2015 Federal Register Proposed Rule was signed on March 31, 2015 by Eileen Sobeck who is the Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

Source: December 8, 2016 and April 6, 2015 NMFS Federal Register Proposed Rules

Comments Due By: January 30, 2017

Web site: The December 8, 2016 NMFS Federal Register Proposed Rule is posted at
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-08/html/2016-29412.htm

The April 6, 2015 NMFS Federal Register Proposed Rule is posted at
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-06/html/2015-07836.htm

The September 18, 2014 petition is posted at
http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/protected_resources/listing_petitions/documents/brydes_whale_petition_2014.pdf

Information about the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s Whale is available at
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/mammals/cetaceans/brydeswhale.htm

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