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Information on the FEIS and Final Rule

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), NOAA Fisheries Service published a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register announcing the issuance of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). A Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was published on February 25, 2005, and the proposed rule published on June 21, 2005 (Click here for more information on the DEIS and proposed rule). After considering public comments on the DEIS and proposed rule, NOAA Fisheries Service prepared an FEIS including an identified preferred alternative for amending the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (ALWTRP) and an analysis of the impacts of the proposed modifications to the ALWTRP on the human environment. Comments on the FEIS must be received no later than September 17, 2007. Click here for information about submitting comments on the FEIS. Following the closure of the comment period on the FEIS, NMFS will prepare a Record of Decision (ROD) that will include: 1) the decision; 2) alternatives considered; and 3) factors considered in the decision. The final rule, which describes how the modifications to the ALWTRP will be implemented, is expected to publish soon after the ROD.


FEIS for Amending the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan: Broad-Based Gear Modifications




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Contact Kate Swails
Large Whale Coordinator
National Marine Fisheries Service
Protected Resources Division
55 Great Republic Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930


Spiral Shell Refer to this Page for Newly Available NOAA Fisheries Service Information Related to Final ALWTRP Modifications.

Last Updated: October 7, 2010

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