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Depleted Designation for Cook Inlet Population of Beluga Whales


Marine Mammal Protection Act
Action Status
Final Rule
Affected Species


Based upon the available information regarding the status of the Cook Inlet stock of beluga whales, NOAA Fisheries has determined that the Cook Inlet stock of beluga whales is below its optimum sustainable population levels and, therefore, is depleted as defined in the MMPA. This action is a step in the process under the MMPA to address the sharp decline in the number of Cook Inlet beluga whales. It is intended as a conservation measure to reverse the decline and to promote recovery of the stock of beluga whales.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 10/25/2019

Cook Inlet Beluga Whale