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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BF55 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Response to Petition to Designate the Sakhalin Bay-Amur River Stock of Beluga Whales as Depleted Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act 

With this action, the National Marine Fisheries Service will respond to a petition to designate the Sakhalin Bay-Amur River stock of beluga whales as a depleted stock pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act. This action is based on a status review conducted by the National Marine Fisheries Service in response to the petition. The biological evidence will be used to determine whether the group is a "stock" and whether the stock is depleted, as these terms are defined in the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

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 216   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/05/2016  81 FR 19542   
NPRM Comment Period End  06/06/2016 
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