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False Killer Whale Take Reduction Team

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:

  • Background information on the MMPA Take Reduction Program and Team process
  • An overview of key marine mammal abundance and incidental take information, including mortality and serious injury data
  • An opportunity for affected stakeholders to develop a common understanding of the problem and parameters prior to formally convening a Team

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

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.


  1. April 18, 2014
  1. May 29-31, 2013
    NOAA Fisheries Honolulu Service Center
    Pier 38, Honolulu Harbor
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI
  1. March 8, 2013
  1. December 7, 2012
  1. October 4, 2011
  1. July 27-29, 2011
    Moana Surfrider
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI
  1. July 13-16, 2010
    Moana Surfrider
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI
  1. June 15-18, 2010
    Turtle Bay Resort
    Kahuku, Oahu, HI
  1. April 6-9, 2010
    Maui Sheraton
    Lahaina, Maui, HI
  1. February 17-19, 2010
    Sheraton Waikiki
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI

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Updated: January 13, 2015

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