Final Rule to Designate Critical Habitat for the Threatened Nassau Grouper
We, NOAA Fisheries, designate critical habitat for the threatened Nassau grouper pursuant to section 4 of the Endangered Species Act. Specific occupied areas designated as critical habitat contain approximately 2,384.67 sq. km (920.73 sq. miles) of aquatic habitat located in waters off the southeastern coast of
Florida, Puerto Rico, Navassa, and the United States Virgin Islands. We have considered economic, national security, and other relevant impacts of designating these areas as critical habitat, and we exclude one area from the designations due to anticipated impacts on national security.