Interim Report on Post-Delisting Monitoring of Nine Distinct Population Segments of Humpback Whales
This is an interim report on post-delisting monitoring of nine distinct population segments (DPSs) of humpback whales and NOAA Fisheries' intent to prepare a recovery plan for the Central America, Mexico, and Western North Pacific DPSs of humpback whales.
NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the conservation, protection, and recovery of large whales and prepares recovery plans and post-delisting monitoring plans as directed by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Following the 2016 identification of 14 DPSs of humpback whales and subsequent revision of the species-wide endangered listing under the ESA, a post-delisting monitoring plan for nine DPSs that no longer qualified for listing was developed. This interim report on post-delisting monitoring.
NOAA Fisheries is announcing its intent to develop a recovery plan for the ESA-listed Central America, Mexico, and Western North Pacific DPSs.