NOAA: 12-Month Finding To List the Smooth Hammerhead Shark Under the Endangered Species Act
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Docket No. 150506425–6516–02]
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants;
Notice of 12-Month Finding on Petition To List the Smooth Hammerhead Shark
as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of 12-month finding and availability of status review document.
SUMMARY: We, NMFS, announce a 12-month finding on a petition to list the smooth hammerhead shark (Sphyrna zygaena) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have completed a comprehensive status review of the smooth hammerhead shark in response to this petition. Based on the best scientific and commercial information available, including the status review report (Miller 2016), we have determined that the species does not warrant listing at this time. We conclude that the smooth hammerhead shark is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range and is not likely to become so within the foreseeable future.
DATES: This finding was made on June 28, 2016.