NMFS Begins 5-Year Review of Right Whales
On March 21, 2012, the United States National Marine Fisheries Service published Federal Register notice that it was beginning a 5-year review of North Atlantic right whale and North Pacific right whale under the Endangered Species Act. A 5-year review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, NMFS requests that the public submit any such information on these whales that has become available since NMFS' last status review in 2006. NMFS requests that it receive any such information no later than April 20, 2012. In particular NMFS requests (1) species biology and demographics (population trends, distribution, abundance, genetics, etc.); (2) habitat conditions (amount, distribution, suitability, quality, etc.); (3) conservation measures that have been implemented that benefit the species; (4) status and trends of threats; and (5) other new information, data, or corrections including, but not limited to, taxonomic or nomenclatural changes, identification of erroneous information contained in the list of threatened and endangered species, and improved analytical methods, if any.
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