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NMFS Proposes Orca Habitat
The National Marine Fisheries Service recently proposed to designate critical habitat for the Southern Resident killer whale distinct population segment. This Orca population has been listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

The proposed critical habitat includes three areas: first, the Summer Core area in Haro Strait and waters around the San Juan Islands; second, Puget Sound; and third, the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The proposed habitat comprises approximately 2564 square miles. For national security reasons, the NMFS proposes to exclude 18 military sites within the area.

Public comment on the NMFS proposal is due by COB on August 14, 2006.

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