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False Killer Whale Take Reduction

false killer whale
False Killer Whale
(Pseudorca crassidens)
Photo: NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center


In January 2010, we established a Take Reduction Team (Team) to address the incidental mortality and serious injury of false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) in the Hawaii-based deep-set and shallow-set longline fisheries.

The Team was charged with drafting a Take Reduction Plan (Plan) for reducing that mortality and serious injury, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).

In November 2009, we convened an informational public meeting to provide:

Though the information meeting was not intended to generate recommendations to us, a meeting summary [pdf] is available.

Team Process

We established the Team on January 19, 2010 (75 FR 2853 [pdf]).

The Team met four times within six months to develop a draft Plan by consensus and submitted the draft to us on July 19, 2010. We considered the draft Plan submitted by the Team, and published a proposed rule to implement the Plan on July 18, 2011.

The public comment period for the proposed rule closed on October 17, 2011.

We considered the comments received and published a Final Rule on November 29, 2012.

We monitor the Plan's progress [pdf] and ensure it meets the MMPA goal of reducing mortality and serious injury of false killer whales incidental to the fisheries addressed by the Plan. If mortality and serious injury is not reduced to appropriate levels, we will reconvene the Team to develop additional measures.

Team Meetings