Central North Pacific Stock of the Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)
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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Humpback Whales


Status Review and Petitions to Delist

  • Public hearing on the proposed revision of the humpback whale ESA listing, Tuesday, May 19, 5-8 p.m., Assembly Chambers at City Hall, Juneau, AK
  • Proposed rule to revise the listing status of humpback whales. This proposal would divide the globally listed endangered species into 14 distinct population segments (DPS), remove the current species-level listing, and in its place list two DPS's as endangered and two DPS's as threatened. Comment period through July 20, 2015.
  • News Release: Successful conservation efforts recognized in revised ESA Humpback Whale listing
  • Notice of a 90-day finding on a petition to identify the Central North Pacific population of humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) as a Distinct Population Segment (DPS) and delist the DPS under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). NMFS finds that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted. Comment period through July 28, 2014.
  • State of Alaska Petition to Designate the Central North Pacific Stock of the Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) as a Distinct Population Segment (DPS) and Remove the DPS from the List of Endangered and Threatened Species under the ESA, February 2014
  • Notice of 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.
  • 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
  • Notice of initiation of a status review of the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA). NMFS requests information on all humpback whale populations in all waters worldwide that has become available since the last humpback whale status review in 1999. Submissions requested by October 13, 2009.


Humpback whales bubble net feeding. Photo: John Moran, NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Fisheries Science Center permit.

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

Viewing Humpbacks


Threats


Research and Monitoring

humpback whale fluke
Humpback whale fluke. Photo: John Moran, NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Fisheries Science Center permit.

POPULATION INFORMATION:

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Development


Additional Information


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