Response to a Petition to Revise Hawaiian Monk Seal Critical Habitat

Docket ID: NOAA-NMFS-2011-0041
Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Parent Agency: Department of Commerce (DOC)
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is developing a rule to designate critical habitat for the Hawaiian monk seal in the main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. In response to a 2008 petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, Kahea, and the Ocean Conservancy to revise Hawaiian monk seal critical habitat, NMFS published a proposed rule in June 2011 to revise Hawaiian monk seal critical habitat by adding critical habitat in the main Hawaiian Islands and extending critical habitat in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Proposed critical habitat includes both marine and terrestrial habitats (e.g., foraging areas to 500 meter depth, pupping beaches, etc.). To address public comments on the proposed rule, NMFS is augmenting its prior economic analysis to better describe the anticipated costs of the designation. NMFS is analyzing new tracking data to assess monk seal habitat use in the main Hawaiian Islands. That may lead to some reduction in foraging area critical habitat for the main Hawaiian Islands to better reflect where preferred foraging features may be found.
RIN: 0648-BA81
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 226
Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant
UA and Regulatory Plan Information open glossary dialog  
Publication Period: Fall 2015
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: State, Local, Federal
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: Business, Governmental Jurisdictions, Organizations
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: No
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM06/02/201176 FR 32026
Notice of Public Meetings07/14/201176 FR 41446
Other06/25/201277 FR 37867
Final Action08/21/201580 FR 50925
Final Action Effective09/21/2015
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Related RINs: 0648-BA81
Related Dockets: None
Type: Rulemaking

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Jan 06, 2012 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 11/07/2011
ID: NOAA-NMFS-2011-0041-0160
Comment Period Closed
Aug 31, 2011 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 07/14/2011
ID: NOAA-NMFS-2011-0041-0016
Comment Period Closed
Aug 31, 2011 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 06/02/2011
ID: NOAA-NMFS-2011-0041-0001
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 08/21/2015
ID: NOAA-NMFS-2011-0041-0212
Comment Period Closed
Proposed Rule
Posted: 06/25/2012
ID: NOAA-NMFS-2011-0041-0199

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 06/02/2011
ID: NOAA-NMFS-2011-0041-0005
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 06/02/2011
ID: NOAA-NMFS-2011-0041-0004
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 06/02/2011
ID: NOAA-NMFS-2011-0041-0003


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Comments Received*
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Final Rule
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Agency Contact
Donna Wieting
Director, Office of Protected Resources
301 427-8400
National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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