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Fisheries Data: Critical Habitat

These data depict areas designated as critical habitat for species listed as threatened or endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The definitive descriptions are always the textual descriptions in the Federal Register notice of the rule implementing the critical habitat for each species.

Alaska | West Coast | Greater Atlantic (formerly "Northeast") | Southeast | Pacific Islands

Alaska Region

  • Beluga Whale
    Description: This dataset represents critical habitat for the Cook Inlet beluga whale distinct population segment under the Endangered Species Act. Two areas are designated, comprising 7,800 square kilometers (3,013 square miles) of marine habitat. Effective May 11, 2011. (76 FR 20180, April 11, 2011)
    Metadata [xml]
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    Go to Data [zip]


  • North Pacific Right Whale
    Description: This dataset represents critical habitat for the North Pacific Right Whale as designated by Federal Register Vol. 73, page 19000, April 8, 2008.
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    [zip]



  • Steller Sea Lion
    Description: This dataset represents critical habitat for Steller sea lions in Alaska as designated by Federal Register Vol. 58, page 4526, August 27, 1993. NMFS has also implemented a complex suite of fishery management measures designed to minimize competition between fishing and the endangered population of Steller sea lions in critical habitat areas. Those management measures are the Steller sea lion protection measures.
    Metadata [xml]
    Go to Map
    Go to Data [zip]

West Coast Region

  • Black Abalone
    Description: This dataset represents critical habitat for the black abalone as designated in Federal Register Vol. 76, page 66806, October 27, 2011.
    Metadata [xml]
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    Go to Data [zip]


  • Eulachon, Southern Distinct Population Segment
    Description: This dataset represents critical habitat for the southern distinct population segment of eulachon as designated in Federal Register Vol. 76, page 65324, October 20, 2011.
    Metadata [xml]
    Go to Map [zip]
    Go to Data [zip]


  • Green Sturgeon, Southern Distinct Population Segment
    Description: This dataset represents critical habitat for the southern distinct population segment of green sturgeon as designated in Federal Register Vol. 74, page 52300, October 9, 2009.
    Metadata [pdf]
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    Go to Data [zip]


  • Killer Whale, Southern Resident
    Description: This dataset represents critical habitat for the Southern Resident Killer Whale as designated by Federal Register Vol. 71, page 69054, November 29, 2006.
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  • Leatherback Sea Turtle
    Description:
    This dataset represents the critical habitat for leatherback turtle as designated by Federal Register Vol. 77, pg 4170, January 26, 2012.
    Metadata [xml]
    Go to Map
    Go to Data [zip]


  • Pacific Salmon and Steelhead
    Description: These datasets identify freshwater, estuarine, and marine areas designated as critical habitat in Federal Register Vol. 70, page 52630, September 2, 2005 for 12 evolutionarily significant units or distinct population segments of Pacific salmon (Chinook, chum, and sockeye) and steelhead in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
    Note: Also included are data representing the proposed critical habitat for Lower Colombia River coho salmon and Puget Sound steelhead trout published on 14 January 2013 (78 FR 2725)
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  • Rockfish, Puget Sound Distinct Population Segment (Bocaccio, Canary Rockfish, and Yelloweye Rockfish)
    Description: This dataset represents proposed critical habitat for the Puget Sound DPS of Bocaccio, Canary Rockfish, and Yelloweye Rockfish, as designated by Federal Register Vol. 78, page 47635, August 6, 2013 (78 FR 47635).
    Go to Map [pdf]
    Go to Data [zip]


  • Steller Sea Lion
    Description: This dataset represents critical habitat for Steller sea lions in Oregon as designated by Federal Register Vol. 58, page 4526, August 27, 1993.
    Metadata for Detailed Polygon Data [pdf]
    Detailed Polygon Map [pdf]
    Overview Point Map
    Go to Data [zip]

Greater Atlantic (formerly "Northeast") Region

  • Atlantic Salmon, Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment
    Description
    : This dataset represents critical habitat for the Gulf of Maine distinct population segment of Atlantic salmon as designated by Federal Register Vol. 74, page 29300, June 19, 2009.
    Metadata [xml]
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    Go to Data [zip]


  • North Atlantic Right Whale
    Description: This dataset represents the critical habitat for North Atlantic Right Whale as designated by Federal Register Vol. 59, page 28793, June 3, 1994.
    Metadata [pdf]
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    Go to Data [zip]

Southeast Region

  • Elkhorn Coral (revised September 2009)
    Description:
    This dataset represents critical habitat forelkhorn coral as designated in Federal Register Vol. 73, page 72210, November 26, 2008.
    Metadata [xml]
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    Go to Data [zip]

  • Green Sea Turtle
    Description: This dataset represents the critical habitat for hawksbill turtle as designated by Federal Register Vol. 63, page 46693, September 2, 1998.
    Metadata [xml]
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    Go to Data [zip]

  • Gulf Sturgeon
    Description
    : This dataset represents the critical habitat for Gulf Sturgeon as designated by Federal Register Vol. 68, page 13370, March 19, 2003.
    Metadata [xml]
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    Go to Data [zip]

  • Hawksbill Sea Turtle
    Description
    : This dataset represents the critical habitat for hawksbill turtle as designated by Federal Register Vol. 63, page 46693, September 2, 1998. Re-designated and amended at Federal Register Vol. 64, page 14607, March 23, 1999.
    Metadata [xml]
    Go to Map
    Go to Data [zip]

  • Johnson's Seagrass
    Description
    : This dataset represents the critical habitat for Johnson's Seagrass as designated by Federal Register Vol. 65, page 17786; April 5, 2000.
    Metadata [xml]
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    Go to Data [zip]

  • Leatherback Sea Turtle
    Description:
    This dataset represents the critical habitat for leatherback turtle as designated by Federal Register Vol. 44, No. 17711, March 23, 1979. Re-designated and amended at 64 FR 14067, March 23, 1999.
    Metadata [xml]
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    Go to Data [zip]

  • North Atlantic Right Whale
    Description: This dataset represents the critical habitat for North Atlantic Right Whale as designated by Federal Register Vol. 59, page 28793, June 3, 1994.
    Metadata [xml]
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    Go to Data [zip]

  • Smalltooth Sawfish
    Description
    : Critical habitat for the smalltooth sawfish was designated in Federal Register Vol. 74, page 45353 on September 2, 2009.
    Metadata [xml]
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    Go to Data [zip]

  • Staghorn Coral (revised September 2009)
    Description
    : This dataset represents critical habitat for staghorn coral as designated in Federal Register Vol. 73, page 72210, November 26, 2008.
    Metadata [xml]
    Go to Map
    Go to Data [zip]


Pacific Islands Region

  • Hawaiian Monk Seal
    Description:
    This dataset represents the critical habitat for the Hawaiian Monk Seal as designated by Federal Register Vol. 53, No. 102, May 26, 1988, Rules and Regulations.
    Metadata [xml]
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    Go to Data [zip]

Updated: March 25, 2014

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