NOAA: 90-Day Finding To List the Oceanic Whitetip Shark Under the Endangered Species Act

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50 CFR Parts 223 and 224
[Docket No. 151110999-5999-01]
RIN 0648-XE314

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife;
90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Oceanic Whitetip Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act

Agency: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

Action: 90-day petition finding, request for information, and initiation of status review.


We, NMFS, announce the 90-day finding on a petition to list the oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) range-wide, or in the alternative, as one or more distinct population segments (DPSs) identified by the petitioners as endangered or threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). We find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for the species worldwide. Accordingly, we will initiate a status review of oceanic whitetip shark range-wide at this time. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, we are soliciting scientific and commercial information regarding this species.

Dates: Information and comments on the subject action must be received by March 14, 2016.

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