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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BF98 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Approach Regulations for Humpback Whales in Hawaii Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act 

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 not expected to impact the whale watching industry.

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. 1372 et seq.    16 U.S.C. 1382 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  09/08/2016  81 FR 62010   
Interim Final Rule Effective  10/11/2016 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  11/07/2016 
Final Action  11/00/2023 
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:
Kim Damon-Randall
Director, Office of Protected Resources
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 427-8400