Information on Makah Tribal Whale Hunt

2005 Makah Request for MMPA Waiver

Transmittal Letter from the Makah Tribal Council to William T. Hogarth 251kb

Application for Waiver of the MMPA Take Moratorium to Exercise Gray Whale Hunting Rights Secured in the Treaty of Neah Bay 428kb

Federal Register notice of availability of waiver request 46kb

2005 Overview of Makah Tribe's Waiver Request 43kb

NEPA Process

Our first step in evaluating the request was to develop a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) in accordance with the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act, which we released for public comment in May 2008 but later terminated it in May 2012 to begin developing a new DEIS because of substantial new scientific information central to our consideration of the tribe's request and our NEPA evaluation. In March 2015 we released a new DEIS that considers that new information and public input from our previous requests for comment.

Draft Environmental Impact Statements (DEIS)

Background Information

Background on Makah Tribal whale hunt

Chronology of Makah Tribal whale hunt process

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