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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BA78 Publication ID: Fall 2013 
Title: Final Policy Interpreting the Phrase 'Significant Portion of its Range' in the Endangered Species Act's Definitions 
Abstract: NMFS and FWS proposed a policy for interpreting "significant portion of its range" under the ESA on December 9, 2011. This policy details how the agencies propose to analyze whether a species is likely to become endangered or is in danger of extinction throughout all or a "significant portion of its range," a key element in determining whether a species meets the definitions of threatened or endangered in the ESA species listing process. The purpose of the policy is to provide a consistent standard that is a permissible reading of the statute and legislative history, while minimizing undesirable policy outcomes and fulfilling the purpose of the ESA. The two agencies are working together to address and incorporate comments, as appropriate. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 424.02   
Legal Authority: 16 USC 1531 et seq   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Notice  12/09/2011  76 FR 76987   
NPRM  02/03/2012  77 FR 6138   
Final Action  12/00/2013 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related Agencies: Joint: DOI/FWS; 
Agency Contact:
Donna Wieting
Director, Office of Protected Resources
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 427-8400