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NMFS Schedules New Public meeting on Public Meetings on Protective Regulations for Killer Whales
The U. S. National Marine Fisheries Service is adding an additional public meeting regarding proposed regulations under the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act to prohibit vessels from approaching killer whales within 200 yards and from parking in the path of whales for vessels in inland waters of Washington State. The proposed regulations would also prohibit vessels from entering a conservation area during a defined season.

The proposed rule was published July 29, 2009, and includes information on two public meetings. NMFS has announced that a third public meeting in Anacortes, WA has been added in response to requests for additional public meetings to allow for greater public participation.

Three public meetings on these proposed rules will be held as follows:

(1) September 24, 2009, 7-9 p.m., Pier One Main Warehouse, 100 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, WA;

(2) September 30, 2009, 7-9 p.m., Seattle Aquarium, Pier 59, Seattle, WA; and

(3) October 5, 2009, 7-9 p.m., The Grange Hall, First Street, Friday Harbor, WA.

Written or electronic comments on the proposed rule and draft Environmental Assessment (EA) from all interested parties must be received by NMFS no later than October 27, 2009.

  • Click here to read EPA's Federal Register notice of new public meeting
  • Click here to read EPA's Federal Register notice of proposed rules

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