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NMFS Office Of Protected Resources, 2024: North Pacific Right Whale,

Item Identification

Title: North Pacific Right Whale
Publication Date: 2005-10-28

Critical habitat for the North Pacific right whale includes 2 areas:Bering Sea area - described by a series of straight lines connecting the following coordinates in the order listed:

58 degrees N/168 degrees W

58 degrees N/163 degrees W

56.5 degrees N/161.75 degrees W

55 degrees N/166 degrees W

56 degrees N/168 degrees W

58 degrees N/168 degrees W

W.Gulf of Alaska area - described by a series of straight lines connecting the following coordinates in the order listed:

57.05 degrees N/153 degrees W

57.3 degrees N/151.5 degrees W

57 degrees N/151.5 degrees W

56.75 degrees N/153 degrees W

57.05 degrees N/153 degrees W


These data represent critical habitat designated (April 8, 2008, 73 FR 19000) under the Endangered Species Act for the North Pacific right whale.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category
None critical habitat
None North Pacific right whale

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Bering Sea
None Gulf of Alaska

Data Set Information

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


Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 1083947
W° Bound: -168
E° Bound: -151.5
N° Bound: 58
S° Bound: 55

Spatial Information

Reference Systems

Reference System 1

CC ID: 1083943

Coordinate Reference System

CRS Type: Geographic 2D
EPSG Code: EPSG:4326
EPSG Name: WGS 84
See Full Coordinate Reference System Information

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 226.215) 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: 1083940

Data creation process 2005.

NPRWCH.shp (NAD_1983_Alaska_Albers)

The National Marine Fisheries Service revised (71 FR 38277, July 6, 2006) critical habitat for the northern right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) by designating areas in the Pacific Ocean, one in the Gulf of Alaska and another in the Bering Sea, which comprised approximately 95,325 square kilometers of marine habitat. This shapefile (NPRWCH.shp) was the original polygon data.

Subsequently, NMFS split the "northern right whale" listing into two separate listings under the ESA: North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica) and North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) due to genetic findings.

Critical habitat was designated (73 FR 19000, April 8, 2008) for the North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica), which was the same two areas, one in the Gulf of Alaska and another in the Bering Sea.

Process Date/Time: 2005-10-28 00:00:00

Process Step 2

CC ID: 1083941

The 2005 version NPRWCH.shp (NAD_1983_Alaska_Albers) was converted into the standardized feature class WhaleNorthPacificRight_20080408 (GCS_WGS_84 wkid 4326) using the National Critical Habitat Geodatabase processing protocol.

During standardization, geometry was not edited. Attributes were edited. Metadata was edited and populated using the final rule, source shapefile, and CFR.

Process Date/Time: 2020-10-29 00:00:00

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity WhaleNorthPacificRight_20080408

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 65385
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:65385
Metadata Record Created By: Jonathan Molineaux
Metadata Record Created: 2021-08-31 21:02+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