Listing of Humpback Whale Under the Endangered Species Act

Overview

Description
Revision to ESA Listing
Authority
Endangered Species Act
Affected Species
Action Status
Final Rule
Effective
09/08/2016

Summary

In June 1970, humpback whales were designated as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Conservation Act (ESCA). In 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) replaced the ESCA, and continued to list humpback whales as endangered.

In April 2015, we proposed to revise the ESA listing of the humpback whale by identifying 14 DPSs and listing 2 DPSs as threatened and 2 as endangered (80 FR 22304). The other 10 identified DPSs were not proposed for listing. 

In September 2016, we revised the ESA listing for the humpback whale to identify 14 Distinct Population Segments (DPS), list 1 as threatened, 4 as endangered, and identify 9 others as not warranted for listing (81 FR 62259).

Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 04/29/2019