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Archived Hot Topics

Hot Topics from the last 6 months:

04/22/2015
Amended permit to authorize incidental take of endangered whales by CA thresher shark/ swordfish drift gillnet fishery (>14 inch mesh) and WA/ OR/ CA sablefish pot fishery
04/22/2015
90-Day Finding on petition to delist the Snake-River fall-run Chinook salmon ESU under the ESA; status review initiated and request for scientific and commercial information through 06/22/2015
04/20/2015
Proposal to revise ESA status of humpback whales, id'ing 14 distinct population segments- list 2 as endangered, 2 as threatened, 10 not-warranted for listing. Comment by 7/20/2015
04/06/2015
90-Day Finding on petition to list the Gulf of Mexico Bryde's whale under the ESA; status review initiated and request for scientific and commercial information through 06/05/2015
04/06/2015
90-Day Finding on petition to identify and delist Saint John River shortnose sturgeon under the ESA; status review initiated and request for scientific and commercial information through 06/05/2015
03/30/2015
90-Day Finding on petitions to list porbeagle shark under the ESA; status review initiated and request for scientific and commercial information on porbeagle shark through 05/12/2015
03/23/2015
12-month finding on petition to list the harbor porpoise population in the Baltic Sea as a distinct population segment under the ESA
03/20/2015
Proposal to list 11 distinct population segments of green sea turtles as endangered or threatened under the ESA; submit comments through 06/22/2015
03/18/2015
Proposed Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan amendments to change single trap and gear marking requirements
03/17/2015
Updated data on Northern Gulf of Mexico dolphin/ whale (Cetacean) Unusual Mortality Event
03/05/2015
Final recovery plan for elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) and staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) now available
03/03/2015
90-Day Finding on petition to list the common thresher shark under the ESA; status review initiated and request for scientific and commercial information on the common thresher shark through 05/04/2015
03/03/2015
Proposal to list the Tanzanian distinct population segment of African Coelacanth as threatened under the ESA; submit comments through 05/04/2015
02/23/2015
12-month finding on petition to revise critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale distinct population segment
02/20/2015
Proposal to expand critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic Right Whales; submit comments through 04/21/2015
02/18/2015
Negative 90-day finding on petition to list yellowtail damselfish under ESA
02/18/2015
Nominations sought for Atlantic and Pacific Scientific Review Groups under the MMPA, deadline 03/20/15
02/09/2015
Study finds distinct groupings in multi-year Northern Gulf of Mexico marine mammal unusual mortality event
02/09/2015
Amendments to bottlenose dolphin take reduction plan require year-round use of modified pound net leaders in specified waters
02/04/2015
Southern Resident killer whale - "Lolita" - included in endangered listing
01/29/2015
Draft 2014 Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports are available for public comment until 4/29/15
01/12/2015
Protective regulations considered for conservation of 20 threatened coral species; submit information through 03/16/2015
01/08/2015
Updated Data on Mid-Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Unusual Mortality Event
01/01/2015
Ship speed limit rule in effect through May 15 in Cape Cod Bay for right whale feeding areas
12/29/2014
List of Fisheries classifying U.S. commercial fisheries into one of three Categories according to the level of incidental mortality or serious injury of marine mammals finalized for 2015
12/23/2014
Pinto abalone not warranted for listing under the ESA
12/17/2014
Guidelines for safely deterring marine mammals to be developed; public input requested by 01/15/2015
12/15/2014
6 foreign species proposed for listing under the ESA
12/15/2014
Northwest Atlantic (NWA) DPS of dusky shark not warranted for listing under the ESA
12/11/2014
5 species of sawfish listed as endangered under the ESA
12/08/2014
Proposal to designate critical habitat for Arctic ring seals in the northern Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas, open for comment until March 3, 2015
12/01/2014
Fishermen may now submit marine mammal mortality/ injury report forms online or via email to nmfs.mireport@noaa.gov
11/20/2014
Collaboration among government agencies, rice growers, and industry restrict use of pesticide thiobencarb to further protect salmon and steelhead trout in California
11/17/2014
Revised taxonomy and nomenclature for Hawaiian monk seals effective 01/16/2015
11/15/2014
Ship speed limit rule in effect through Apr 15 in Southeast U.S. areas for right whale calving and nursery grounds
11/14/2014
NOAA Fisheries designates critical habitat for the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin DPSs of yelloweye rockfish, canary rockfish, and bocaccio
11/07/2014
BOEM developing long-term monitoring plan for potential impacts to marine mammals from geophysical survey activities in the Gulf of Mexico, public input requested through 12/08/2014
11/05/2014
Queen conch not warranted for listing under the ESA
11/04/2014
Northern fur seals subsistence harvest regulations modified for Eastern Pacific stock to authorize harvest of up to 150 male young of the year annually, within total range of 300-500 males annually, during a new autumn harvest season
11/01/2014
Ship speed limit rule in effect through Apr 30 in Mid-Atlantic areas for right whale migration and calving
10/22/2014
14 fisheries proposed in annual determination to implement the sea turtle observer requirement
10/17/2014
51 eligible proposals received for FY15 Prescott Grants for Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance
10/16/2014
Permit to authorize incidental take of endangered whales by Hawaii deep-set and shallow-set longline fisheries
10/08/2014
Potential Financial Assistance Program for Pinnipeds off Alaska, open for comment until 11/07/2014
10/06/2014
Workshop to provide feedback on Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides