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Final Rule to Designate Critical Habitat for Main Hawaiian Islands Insular False Killer Whale Distinct Population Segment

On July 24 2018, NOAA Fisheries publishes a final rule to designate critical habitat for the main Hawaiian Islands insular false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) distinct population segment (DPS) by designating waters from the 45-meter depth contour…

Critical Habitat for North Atlantic Right Whales

We, NOAA Fisheries, are issuing this final rule to replace the critical habitat for right whales in the North Atlantic with two new areas. The areas being designated as critical habitat contain approximately 29,763 nm2 of marine habitat in the Gulf of…

Implementing Changes to the Regulations for Designating Critical Habitat, 424.12

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively referred to as the “Services” or “we”), amend portions of our regulations that implement the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act)…

Critical Habitat for Loggerhead Sea Turtle

We, the NOAA Fisheries, issue a final rule to designate critical habitat for the Northwest Atlantic Ocean Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) within the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico pursuant to the…

Critical Habitat Designation For Leatherback Sea Turtles Along the U.S. West Coast

We, the NOAA Fisheries, issue a final rule to revise the current critical habitat for the leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) by designating additional areas within the Pacific Ocean. This designation includes approximately 16,910 square miles…