Petition To Include The Killer Whale Known As Lolita In The Endangered Species Act Listing Of Southern Resident Killer Whales

January 24, 2014:We announced a 12-month finding and proposed rule to revise the endangered listing of the Southern Resident killer whale distinct population segment to include Lolita, a female killer whale captured from the Southern Resident population in 1970, who resides at the Miami Seaquarium in Miami, Florida. The notice proposes to amend the ESA listing of Southern Resident killer whales by removing the exclusion for captive members of the population and opened a public comment period that ended on March 28, 2014.

Comments received on the 12-month finding on the Lolita petition are posted to Regulations.gov. In the "Search" box, enter the docket number, "NOAA-NMFS-2013-0056-1841" and click the "Public Submission" box under the Document Type heading on the left side of the screen.

Apr. 29, 2013: We accepted a petition to include the captive killer whale known as Lolita in the Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing of Southern Resident killer whales. We are soliciting scientific and commercial information about Lolita's status to ensure that our ongoing status review is comprehensive. Acceptance of this petition doesn't presuppose any particular outcome.

Comments received on the 90-day finding on the Lolita petition are posted to Regulations.gov. In the "Search" box, enter the docket number, "NOAA-NMFS-2013-0056" and click on the "Search" button. Click on the "Public Submission" box under "Document Type