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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BF31 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Relocation of Alaska Humpback Whale Approach Regulations  
Abstract: This rule would relocate regulations that set out provisions protecting humpback whales in Alaska from approaching vessels. Specifically, these provisions will be relocated, with minor word changes, from Endangered Species Act regulations under "Endangered Marine and Anadromous Species" to "Threatened Marine and Anadromous Species". The regulations were originally adopted in 2001. This relocation will be necessary should the agency finalize the proposed change in status of the humpback whale from a globally endangered species to a number of distinct population segments. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 223    50 CFR 224    50 CFR 216   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.    16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Final Action  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
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