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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BF98 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: ●Approach Regulations for Humpback Whales in Hawaii Under the MMPA 

These regulations would maintain existing humpback approach regulations. The purpose of the rule is to protect humpback whales from forms of "take" as defined under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and its implementing regulations. The National Marine Fisheries Service established approach regulations for humpback whales under the Endangered Species Act in 1995; corresponding Marine Mammal Protection Act regulations are necessary and appropriate to ensure that humpback whales in Hawaii continue to receive protections from activities that result in take in the event that humpback whales are no longer protected under the Endangered Species Act. These final Marine Mammal Protection Act regulations are virtually the same as existing Endangered Species Act regulations, and will result in no change to the local economy or to the whale watching industry.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time 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. 1372    16 U.S.C. 1382   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  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