Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

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Listing Status:  (and others listed below)

Population detail

The FWS is currently monitoring the following populations of the Humpback whale 

  • Population location: Western North Pacific

    Listing status:  Endangered

  • Population location: Arabian Sea DPS

    Listing status:  Endangered

  • Population location: Cape Verde Island/Northwest Africa

    Listing status:  Endangered

  • Population location: Central America DPS

    Listing status:  Endangered

  • Population location: Mexico DPS

    Listing status:  Threatened

  • Population location: Brazil DPS

    Listing status:  Delisted due to Recovery

  • Population location: West Australia DPS

    Listing status:  Delisted due to Recovery

  • Population location: Southeast Africa/Madagascar DPS

    Listing status:  Delisted due to Recovery

  • Population location: East Australia DPS

    Listing status:  Delisted due to Recovery

  • Population location: West Indies DPS

    Listing status:  Delisted due to Recovery

  • Population location: Oceania DPS

    Listing status:  Delisted due to Recovery

  • Population location: Southeastern Pacific DPS

    Listing status:  Delisted due to Recovery

  • Population location: Hawaii DPS

    Listing status:  Delisted due to Recovery

  • Population location: Gabon/Southwest Africa DPS

    Listing status:  Delisted due to Recovery

 
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
1970-06-02 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Western North Pacific
1970-06-02 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Arabian Sea DPS
1970-06-02 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Cape Verde Island/Northwest Africa
1970-06-02 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Central America DPS
1970-06-02 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Mexico DPS
1970-06-02 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Brazil DPS
1970-06-02 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) West Australia DPS
1970-06-02 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Southeast Africa/Madagascar DPS
1970-06-02 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) East Australia DPS
1970-06-02 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) West Indies DPS
1970-06-02 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Oceania DPS
1970-06-02 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Southeastern Pacific DPS
1970-06-02 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Hawaii DPS
1970-06-02 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Gabon/Southwest Africa DPS

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
2016-09-08 00:00:00.0 81 FR 62259 62320 Identification of 14 Distinct Population Segments of the Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) and Revision of Species-Wide Listing; Final Rule
1970-06-02 00:00:00.0 35 FR 8491 8498 Part 17 - Conservation of Endangered Species and Other Fish or Wildlife (First List of Endangered Foreign Fish and Wildlife as Appendix A)
1995-01-19 00:00:00.0 60 FR 3775 3776 Endangered Fish or Wildlife; Special Prohibitions; Approaching Humpback Whales in Hawaiian Waters
1986-11-24 00:00:00.0 51 FR 42271 42273 NOAA--Proposed Regulations Governing Approaching Humpback Whales in Hawaiian Waters; 51 FR 42271-42273
2015-04-21 00:00:00.0 80 FR 22303 22356 Identification of 14 Distinct Population Segments of the Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) and Proposed Revision of Species-Wide Listing; Proposed Rule
1987-11-23 00:00:00.0 52 FR 44912 44915 NOAA--Approaching Humback Whales in Hawaiian Waters; Interim Rule w/ Request for Comment; 52 FR 44912-44915
1970-04-14 00:00:00.0 35 FR 6069 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Endangered Species Conservation); 35 FR 6069
Special Rule Publications
Date Citation Page Title
1995-01-19 00:00:00.0 60 FR 3775 3776 Endangered Fish or Wildlife; Special Prohibitions; Approaching Humpback Whales in Hawaiian Waters
1987-11-23 00:00:00.0 52 FR 44912 44915 NOAA--Approaching Humback Whales in Hawaiian Waters; Interim Rule w/ Request for Comment; 52 FR 44912-44915
1986-11-24 00:00:00.0 51 FR 42271 42273 NOAA--Proposed Regulations Governing Approaching Humpback Whales in Hawaiian Waters; 51 FR 42271-42273

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
1991-11-01 Final Recovery Plan for the Humpback Whale View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
2016-09-08 81 FR 62259 62320 Identification of 14 Distinct Population Segments of the Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) and Revision of Species-Wide Listing; Final Rule
  • Final Delisting, Recovered
2015-04-21 80 FR 22303 22356 Identification of 14 Distinct Population Segments of the Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) and Proposed Revision of Species-Wide Listing; Proposed Rule
  • Proposed Delisting, Recovered

» Critical Habitat

No critical habitat rules have been published for the Humpback whale.

» Conservation Plans

No conservation plans have been created for Humpback whale.

» Petitions

» Life History

No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.

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