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Findings on a Petition To List Bottlenose Dolphin in Fiordland, New Zealand Under the ESA


Endangered Species Act
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Affected Species


We, NMFS, announce a 12-month finding on a petition to list bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) within Fiordland, New Zealand as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Based on our review of the best scientific and commercial data available, we have determined that the bottlenose dolphins within Fiordland do not meet the criteria for identification as a distinct population segment. Therefore, these dolphins do not warrant listing, and we do not propose to list these dolphins under the ESA.

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Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 04/20/2022