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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-AX50 Publication ID: Fall 2011 
Title: Critical Habitat Designation for Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Under the Endangered Species Act 
Abstract: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) listed the Cook Inlet beluga whale Distinct Population Segment as endangered under the Endangered Species Act on October 22, 2008. NMFS is required to designate critical habitat no later than one year after the publication of a listing. NMFS published a proposed rule on December 2, 2009, and now needs to finalize the rule within one year from publication of the proposed rule (by December 2, 2010). 
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 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 226   
Legal Authority: 16 USC 1531 et seq   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  04/14/2009  74 FR 17131   
ANPRM Comment Period End  05/14/2009    
NPRM  12/02/2009  74 FR 63080   
NPRM Comment Period Extended  01/12/2010  75 FR 1582   
NPRM Comment Period End  02/01/2010    
Final Action  04/11/2011  76 FR 20180   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
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