The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed regulations to amend the Code of Federal Regulations to implement the Endangered Species Act regarding experimental populations. The CFR would be amended to establish definitions and procedures for: establishing and/or designating certain populations of species otherwise listed as endangered or threatened as experimental populations; determining whether experimental populations are ‘‘essential’’ or ‘‘nonessential;’’ and promulgating appropriate protective measures for experimental populations. NMFS seeks public comment on this proposal. Any comments must be received by NMFS no later than October 2, 2015.
Click here to read NMFS’ Federal Register notice of these proposed rules.