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Final Rule to List Four Distinct Population Segments of Scalloped Hammerhead Shark Under the Endangered Species Act

Posted: July 2, 2014

NOAA Fisheries is publishing a final rule to list four Distinct Populations Segments of scalloped hammerhead sharks: two as threatened (Central and Southwest Atlantic Distinct Populations Segment and Indo-West Pacific Distinct Populations Segment) and two as endangered (Eastern Atlantic Distinct Populations Segment and Eastern Pacific Distinct Populations Segment) under the Endangered Species Act.

NOAA Fisheries proposed listing the four Distinct Populations Segments in an April 2013 Federal Register notice and sought additional public input through June 4, 2013. The main threats to the listed Distinct Populations Segments are overutilization by fisheries and inadequate regulatory mechanisms, with illegal fishing identified as a significant problem. These listings are not likely to impact U.S. fisheries. The final rule filed with the Office of the Federal Register on July 2, 2014 and can be viewed here: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/07/03/2014-15710/status-for-distinct-population-segments-of-scalloped-hammerhead-sharks-endangered-and-threatened

For more information, please visit the NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources website at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/fish/scallopedhammerheadshark.htm