Wednesday, November 17, 2010

National Marine Fisheries Service Proposes Listing Hawaii False Killer Whale on Endangered Species List

According to the November 17, 2010 issue of the Federal Register, the National Marine Fisheries Service is asking for public comments on its proposal to list the Hawaiian insular false killer whale on the federal endangered species list.

Source: NOAA Fisheries, Office of Protected Resources
The Service has determined that the Hawaiian insular false killer whale is a distinct population segment, and that the species are declining and in danger of extinction throughout its range.  The Service identified 29 threats having either a historical, current, or future risk to Hawaiian insular false killer whales.  Of these, 15 are believed to contribute significantly to current and future population decline, including impacts from recreation activities, commercial fishing, and anthropogenic (i.e., caused by humans) ecological contaminants.

According to the Federal Register, comments on this proposal must be received by February 15, 2011. A public hearing will be held on Oahu, Hawaii, on Thursday, January 20, 2011, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Park, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96814.

For more on issues related to endangered species, see Endangered Species Act.

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