NOAA Fisheries recently announced that a 5-year review of North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) and North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica) under the Endangered Species Act is under way.
A 5-year review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, NOAA Fisheries is requesting submission of any such information on these whales that has become available since the last status review in 2006. To allow adequate time to conduct this review, information must be received no later than April 20, 2012.
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source: NOAA FishNews