Puget Sound Killer Whale ESA Listing Five-Year Status Review (2016)

NOAA Fisheries announces its latest five-year review of Southern Resident killer whales under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  A five-year review is a periodic process conducted to ensure that the listing classification of a species remains accurate. The review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review.

To ensure that the 5-year review is complete and based on the best available scientific and commercial information, we are soliciting new information from the public, governmental  agencies, Tribes, the scientific community, industry, environmental entities, and any other interested parties concerning the status of Southern Resident killer whales.  The 5-year review  considers the best scientific and commercial data and all new information that has become  available since the listing determination or most recent status review.  

Categories of requested  information include: 

  1. species biology including, but not limited to, population trends,  distribution, abundance, demographics, and genetics; 
  2. habitat conditions including, but not  limited to, amount, distribution, and important features for conservation; 
  3. status and trends of  threats; 
  4. conservation measures that have been implemented that benefit the species, including  monitoring data demonstrating effectiveness of such measures; 
  5. need for additional  conservation measures or updates to the Recovery Plan;
  6. adequacy of the recovery criteria,  including information on recovery criteria that have or have not been met; 
  7. other new  information, data, or corrections including, but not limited to, taxonomic or nomenclatural  changes, identification of erroneous information contained in the list of endangered and  threatened species, and improved analytical methods for evaluating extinction risk.

To submit comments

Comments are due April 25, 2016. 

Electronic submission:  Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal www.regulations.gov.  To submit comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, first click the “submit a comment” icon, then enter NOAA-NMFS-2016-0006 in the keyword search.  Locate the document you wish to comment on from the resulting list and click on the “Submit a Comment” icon on the right of that line.

Mail or hand-delivery: Lynne Barre, NMFS West Coast Region, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115.

For more information on this status review and how to comment, see the Federal Register notice (below).


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