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NOAA Fisheries Proposes to List Oceanic Whitetip Shark as Threatened

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 3, 2017

On December 29, 2016, NOAA Fisheries proposed listing the oceanic whitetip shark (Cacharhinus longimanus) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Based on the best scientific and commercial information available, including the status review report, and after taking into account efforts being made to protect the species, we have determined that the oceanic whitetip shark warrants listing as a threatened species. We conclude that the oceanic whitetip shark is likely to become endangered throughout all or a significant portion of its range within the foreseeable future. 

We are soliciting information to assist in this listing determination, the development of proposed protective regulations, and the designation of critical habitat in the event this proposed listing determination is finalized.

You can find the petition, status review report, Federal Register notices, and the list of references electronically on our Web site. You may also receive a copy by submitting a request to the Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Attention: Oceanic whitetip proposed rule.

Please submit comments on this proposed rule by March 29, 2017.

Questions? Contact Chelsey Young, NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources, 301-427-8403.