On October 2, 2013, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published in the Federal Register a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a recovery plan for the Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) insular false killer whales that was listed as “Endangered” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in December 2012. Under the ESA, NMFS is required to develop and implement a recovery plan for listed species unless such a plan will not promote the conservation of the species. NMFS also announced a 30-day request for information period, which closes on November 1, 2013.
For more information on the NOI to prepare the MHI insular false killer whale recovery plan and instructions on submitting information, see the Federal Register Notice here.
NOTE: Background documents referenced in the FR notice is currently not accessible through the link provided in the notice due to the federal government shutdown. For your convenience, the documents can be downloaded from the list below:
- Final rule listing the MHI insular false killer whales under the ESA (77 FR 70915)
- Status review report (NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-PIFSC-22)
- Addendum to the status review (NOAA Internal Report NMFS-PIFSC-IR-12-038)
- Final rule to implement the False Killer Whale Take Reduction Plan (77 FR 71260)