NMFS Seeks Comments on Protecting Oceanic Whitetip Sharks Under ESA

posted in: Endangered Species, February 2016 | 0

The National Marine Fisheries Service is seeking public comment on a petition from Defenders of Wildlife that seeks to protect oceanic whitetip sharks (Carcharhinus longimanus) under the federal Endangered Species Act.

On January 12, NMFS announced in the Federal Register that it had concluded its initial 90-day review of the petition, finding that the petition “presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for the species worldwide.” At the same time, the agency opened up a 60-day comment period, soliciting information on the status of the shark from both the commercial and . . .

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