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NMFS Office Of Protected Resources, 2023: Beluga Whale (Cook Inlet DPS),

Item Identification

Title: Beluga Whale (Cook Inlet DPS)
Publication Date: 2011-05-06

Critical habitat includes two specific marine areas in Cook Inlet, Alaska. These areas are bounded on the upland by Mean High Water (MHW) datum, except for the lower reaches of four tributary rivers. Critical habitat shall not extend into the tidally-influenced channels of tributary waters of Cook Inlet, with the exceptions noted in the descriptions of each critical habitat area.(1) Area 1. All marine waters of Cook Inlet north of a line from the mouth of Threemile Creek (61°08.5′ N., 151°04.4′ W.) connecting to Point Possession (61°02.1′ N., 150°24.3′ W.), including waters of the Susitna River south of 61°20.0′ N., the Little Susitna River south of 61°18.0′ N., and the Chickaloon River north of 60°53.0′ N.(2) Area 2. All marine waters of Cook Inlet south of a line from the mouth of Threemile Creek (61°08.5′ N., 151°04.4′ W.) to Point Possession (61°02.1′ N., 150°24.3′ W.) and north of 60°15.0′ N., including waters within 2 nautical miles seaward of MHW along the western shoreline of Cook Inlet between 60°15.0′ N. and the mouth of the Douglas River (59°04.0′ N., 153°46.0′ W.); all waters of Kachemak Bay east of 151°40.0′ W.; and waters of the Kenai River below the Warren Ames bridge at Kenai, Alaska.Critical habitat does not include manmade structures and the land on which they rest within the designated boundaries that were in existence as of May 11, 2011.Critical habitat does not include the following areas owned by the Department of Defense or for which the Secretary has determined to exclude for reasons of national security:(1) All property and overlying waters of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson between Mean Higher High Water and Mean High Water; and(2) All waters off the Port of Anchorage which are east of a line connecting Cairn Point (61°15.4′ N., 149°52.8′ W.) and Point MacKenzie (61°14.3′ N., 149°59.2′ W.) and north of a line connecting Point MacKenzie and the north bank of the mouth of Ship Creek (61°13.6′ N., 149°53.8′ W.).


These data represent critical habitat for the beluga whale (Cook Inlet DPS) designated on April 11, 2011 (76 FR 20180).


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Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Data Presentation Form: Map (digital)
Data Set Credit: CREDIT: National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Region ORIGINATORS: National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Region;

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 1083667
Date Effective From: 2011-05-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Lewis, Steve
Address: P.O. Box 21668
Juneau, AK 99801
Email Address:
Phone: 907-586-7858
Fax: 907-586-7255


Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 1083669
W° Bound: -154.263922
E° Bound: -148.540899
N° Bound: 61.522161
S° Bound: 59.001668

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 2

CC ID: 1083670
W° Bound: -154.263922
E° Bound: -148.540899
N° Bound: 61.522161
S° Bound: 59.001668

Spatial Information

Reference Systems

Reference System 1

CC ID: 1083664

Coordinate Reference System

CRS Type: Geographic 2D
EPSG Code: EPSG:4326
EPSG Name: WGS 84
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Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Use Constraints:

These data are not the official legal definition of critical habitat. The Code of Federal Regulations (50 CFR 226.220) is the source for the legal definition of the critical habitat designation.

Technical Environment


Version 6.2 (Build 9200) ; Esri ArcGIS


Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 1083661

Data creation process 2011.

CIB_critical_habitat.shp (NAD_1983_Alaska_Albers)

Attributes were updated 02-24-2017.

Process Date/Time: 2011-05-06 00:00:00

Process Step 2

CC ID: 1083662

AK source data CIB_critical_habitat.shp (NAD_1983_Alaska_Albers) -> converted to feature class WhaleBeluga_CookInletDPS_20110411 (GCS_WGS_1984).

Field "Name" into "Unit" and field "SubName" into "Notes".

Geometry was not edited, attributes were edited, metadata was edited and populated using the source shapefile, final rule, and CFR.

Process Date/Time: 2021-02-01 00:00:00

Child Items

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Rubric Score Type Title
Entity WhaleBeluga_CookInletDPS_20110411

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 65371
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:65371
Metadata Record Created By: Jonathan Molineaux
Metadata Record Created: 2021-08-31 21:00+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-05-30 18:10+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-11-30
Owner Org: OPR
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2021-11-30
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-11-30