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Report of a Workshop on Developing Recovery Criteria For Large Whale Species

January 01, 2002

NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-F/OPR-21

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) convened a workshop in Seattle Washington on 26-27 February 2001 to develop recovery criteria for large whale species listed as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Recovery criteria1 are an ESA-required component of recovery plans. Because some populations of endangered large whale species have grown in abundance, they may be candidates for a change in status from endangered to threatened, or removal from the List of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife. NMFS has not developed and adopted recovery criteria for most of these taxa.

Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 01/25/2018