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NMFS Requests Comment on Blue and North Pacific Right Whales
On April 17, 2012, the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service published Federal Register notice announcing its intent to update a recovery plan for the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) and to prepare a recovery plan for the North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica). NMFS requests that it receive all comments on these proposals no later than May 17, 2012. Comments should address: (a) criteria for removing these whales from the list of threatened and endangered species; (b) factors that are presently limiting, or threaten to limit, the survival of the blue and North Pacific right whales; (c) actions to address limiting factors and threats; (d) estimates of time and cost to implement recovery actions; and (e) research, monitoring and evaluation needs.

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