Biological Opinion on the Issuance of Annual Quotas Authorizing the Harvest of Bowhead Whales to the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission

December 17, 2012

Biological Opinion on granting quotas for subsistence hunting bowhead whales 2013 through 2018.

NOAA Fisheries proposes to issue annual quotas to the AEWC to allow continuation of their subsistence hunt for bowhead whales from the Western Arctic population for the years 2013 through 2018 (NMFS 2012a). This action complies with section 101(b) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, section 10(e) of the Endangered Species Act, the Whaling Convention Act, and responsibilities under the auspices of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling by granting the AEWC a quota set by the International Whaling Commission for taking bowhead whales for subsistence use.

Action Agency: NOAA Fisheries, Office of Protected Resources

NMFS Consultation Number: AKR-2013-9314

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 06/05/2020

Section 7 Consultation Biological Opinions Bowhead Whale Subsistence Harvest