N. Atlantic right whale draft recovery plan (fwd)

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[Federal Register: July 11, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 133)]
[Notices]
[Page 36260]
>From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr11jy01-53]

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Endangered Fish and Wildlife; Draft Recovery Plan for the Western
North Atlantic Right Whale

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The draft Recovery Plan (Plan) for the western North Atlantic
right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) is available for review and comment
by interested parties prior to preparing the final plan for approval
and adoption by NMFS.

DATES: Comments on the draft Plan must be received on or before
September 10, 2001.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to Coordinator of Large Whale
Recovery Activities, Marine Mammal Division, Office of Protected
Resources (F/PR), 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. A
copy of the draft plan for the North Atlantic right whale is available
upon request from F/PR, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD
20910.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gregory K. Silber, Ph.D., NMFS, F/PR,
301/713-2322.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Electronic Access

    The draft plans are also available through the internet at: http://
www.nmfs.noaa.gov/prot--res/PR3/recovery.html.

Background

    The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.)
requires that NMFS develop and implement recovery plans for the
conservation and survival of threatened and endangered species under
its jurisdiction unless it is determined that such plans will not
promote the conservation of the species. In 1991, NMFS issued the first
recovery plan for northern right whales. NMFS, in consultation with key
constituent groups and organizations, has prepared an updated draft
plan for right whales in the North Atlantic ocean. The plan discusses
the natural history, current status, and the known and potential human
impacts to right whales. Actions needed to promote the recovery of this
species are identified and discussed. A Final Recovery Plan will be
used to direct U.S. activities, and to encourage international
cooperation to promote the recovery of these endangered species.

    Dated: July 6, 2001.
Wanda L. Cain,
Acting Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine
Fisheries Service.

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