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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Humpback Whales


Petitions to Delist

  • State of Alaska Petition to Designate the Central North Pacific Stock of the Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) as a Distinct Population Segment and Remove the DPS from the List of Endangered and Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act
  • Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance for Conservation and Tradition Petition to Classify the North Pacific Humback Whale Population as a Distinct Population Segment (DPS) and Delist the DPS under the Endangered Species Act, April 2013
    • 78 FR 53391, August 29, 2013. NMFS announces a 90-day finding on a petition to identify the North Pacific population of the humpback whale as a Distinct Population Segment (DPS) and delist the DPS under the ESA. NMFS is initiating a status review of the North Pacific population of the humpback whale to determine whether the petitioned action is warranted. Scientific and commercial information pertinent to the petitioned action must be received by October 28, 2013.


Management and Recovery


Endangered Species Act Section 7 Consultations

  • Biological Opinion - Issuance of Incidental Harassment Authorization under Section101(a)(5)(a) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act to TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA (TGS) for Marine 2D Seismic Activities in the Federal and International Waters in the Chucki Sea, during the 2013 Open Water Season, July 2013
  • Biological Opinion: Oil and Gas Leasing and Exploration Activities in the U.S. Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, Alaska, April 2013
  • Biological Opinion: Vessel Quotas and Operating Requirements for Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, August 2003

Development

Humpback whale. Photo: Michael Payne, NOAA Fisheries
Humpback whale breaching. Photo: NOAA Fisheries


Research and Monitoring Programs

ALASKA:


GLACIER BAY:

REGIONAL and NATIONAL:


Viewing Humpbacks


Humpback whale. Photo: Michael Payne, NOAA Fisheries
Humpback whales. Photo: Michael Payne, NOAA Fisheries

Additional Information


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