Protected Resource Regulations

Designating Experimental Populations under the Endangered Species Act

Endangered Species Act
Species Affected
Action Status
Final Rule
Effective Date
Jun 27, 2016


We, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), issue final regulations to amend the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to implement the Endangered Species Act (ESA) regarding experimental populations. This rule amends the CFR to establish definitions and procedures for:

  • Establishing and/or designating certain populations of species otherwise listed as endangered or threatened as experimental populations
  • Determining whether experimental populations are “essential” or “nonessential” 
  • Promulgating appropriate protective measures for experimental populations

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