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Initiation of 5-Year Review for Southern Resident Killer Whales

NOAA Fisheries has published a notice in the Federal Register initiating a 5-year status review of the endangered Southern Resident killer whale (SRKW) as mandated by the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Southern Resident killer whale catching a salmon, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center 

NOAA Fisheries is soliciting public comment for 60 days on new information regarding SRKWs that has become available since the last such review in 2016. Based on the results of this 5-year review, NOAA Fisheries will make the requisite determination under the ESA as to whether the SRKW DPS status should remain as endangered.

If you have any questions, please contact Lynne Barre (Seattle Branch Chief) at 206-526-4745 or lynne.barre@noaa.gov.

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