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North Atlantic Right Whale Critical Habitat Map and GIS Data

Map and GIS data representing critical habitat for the conservation of endangered North Atlantic right whale in the Greater Atlantic and Southeast Regions.


Under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, critical habitat may be designated by NOAA Fisheries for the conservation of threatened and endangered species under its jurisdiction.These maps and corresponding Geographic Information Systems (GIS) shapefile data represent specific critical habitat areas for species in the NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region and Southeast Region. The Federal Register (see FR link below) should be consulted for the precise legal definition of critical habitat and geographic coordinates. Esri's ArcGIS software or Google Earth can be used to open GIS shapefiles. Google Earth can also be used to open zipped KML (KMZ) files to view the designated critical habitat areas. Click here to download Google Earth. Metadata (information about the GIS shapefile data) is available in XML or an easy-to-read HTML format, and is included in the zipped shapefile, and is included in the zipped shapefile.

81 FR 4837 North Atlantic Right Whale Critical Habitat Federal Register Final Rule

For more information or questions about this data please contact the GIS Coordinator at nmfs.ser.gis.coordinator@noaa.gov.

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on 04/18/2022

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