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FR notice – Draft Recovery Plan and Draft Recovery Implementation Strategy for the Main Hawaiian Islands Insular False Killer Whale Distinct Population Segment and Notice of Initiation of 5- Year Review (Oct. 16, 2020)

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AGENCY:
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

ACTION:
Notice of availability of draft recovery plan and draft recovery implementation strategy; request for comments; notice of initiation of a 5-year review; request for information.

SUMMARY:
We, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), announce the availability of the Draft Recovery Plan and Draft Recovery Implementation Strategy for the Main Hawaiian Islands Insular False Killer Whale (MHI IFKW; Pseudorca crassidens) Distinct Population Segment (DPS) for public review. We are soliciting review and comment from the public and all interested parties on the Draft Recovery Plan and Draft Recovery Implementation Strategy, and will consider all substantive comments received during the review period before submitting the Recovery Plan and Recovery Implementation Strategy for final approval. We are also initiating a 5-year review of the MHI IFKW and are requesting new information on its status.

DATES:
Comments on the Draft Recovery Plan and Draft Recovery Implementation Strategy must be received by December 15, 2020.

ADDRESSES:
You may submit comments on the Draft Recovery Plan, the Draft Recovery Implementation Strategy, and information for the 5-year review, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2020-124 by either of the following methods:

Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal.
1. Go to www.regulations.gov/​#!docketDetail;​D=​NOAA-NMFS-2020-124.

2. Click the “Comment Now!” icon and complete the required fields, and

3. Enter or attach your comments.

Mail: Submit written comments or information for the 5-year review to Ann Garrett, Assistant Regional Administrator, Protected Resources Division, NMFS, Pacific Islands Regional Office, Attn: Krista Graham, 1845 Wasp Blvd., Building 176, Honolulu, HI 96818.

Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter “N/A” in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous).

The Draft Recovery Plan and Draft Recovery Implementation Strategy are available online at www.regulations.gov/​#!docketDetail;​D=​NOAA-NMFS-2020-124 or from https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/​species/​false-killer-whale#conservation-management or upon request from the NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, Protected Resources Division.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Krista Graham, (808) 725-5152, krista.graham@noaa.gov; Kristen Koyama, (301) 427-8403, kristen.koyama@noaa.gov.

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