Determination on the Designation of Critical Habitat for Oceanic Whitetip Shark

Overview

Authority
Endangered Species Act
Action Status
Notice
Published
03/05/2020
Affected Species

Summary

We, NOAA Fisheries, have determined that a designation of critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) is not prudent at this time. Based on a comprehensive review of the best scientific data available, we find there are no identifiable physical or biological features that are essential to the conservation of the oceanic whitetip shark within areas under U.S. jurisdiction. We also find that there are no areas outside of the geographical area occupied by the species under U.S. jurisdiction that are essential to its conservation. As such, we find there are no areas within the jurisdiction of the United States that meet the definition of critical habitat for the oceanic whitetip shark.

Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 03/10/2020

Critical Habitat