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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-AV73 Publication ID: Spring 2008 
Title: Endangered and Threatened Species; Designation of Critical Habitat for the North Pacific Right Whale (Eubalaena japonica) 
Abstract: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) completed a status review of the northern right whale and has determined that northern right whales in the North Pacific Ocean are a separate and distinct species from the northern right whales in the Atlantic or Southern Hemisphere. We also find the species to be described in the North Pacific Ocean, the North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica), is in danger of extinction throughout its range. This action would list this species as endangered pursuant to the Endangered Species Act. Here we propose to designate critical habitat for this species. Two specific areas are proposed for designation: One in the Gulf of Alaska and another in the Bering Sea, comprising a total of approximately 93,600 square kilometers (36,600 square miles) of marine habitat. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 226   
Legal Authority: 16 USC 1533   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/29/2007  72 FR 61089   
NPRM Comment Period End  12/13/2007    
Final Action  04/08/2008  73 FR 19000   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Marta Nammack
Office of Protected Resources
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 713-1401
Fax:301 427-2523