Initiation of 5-Year Review for the Sperm Whale
NOAA Fisheries announces the initiation of a 5-year review for the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus). NOAA Fisheries is required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to conduct 5-year reviews to ensure that the listing classifications of species are accurate. The 5-year review must be based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review. We request submission of any such information on the sperm whale, particularly information on the status, threats, and recovery of the species that has become available since its last status review in 2015.