Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

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Listing Status:    and  

Population detail

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

  • Population location: Entire

    Listing status:  Endangered

      • States/US Territories in which this population is known to or is believed to occur:  Alabama , California , Georgia , Mississippi , Washington
      • US Counties in which this population is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
      • USFWS Refuges in which this population is known to occur:  Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument
  • Population location: Central America DPS

    Listing status:  Endangered

    This population has been proposed for downlisting (Endangered -> Threatened)
  • Population location: West Indies DPS

    Listing status:  Endangered

    This population has been proposed for delisting
  • Population location: West Australia DPS

    Listing status:  Endangered

    This population has been proposed for delisting
  • Population location: Gabon/Southwest Africa DPS

    Listing status:  Endangered

    This population has been proposed for delisting
  • Population location: East Australia DPS

    Listing status:  Endangered

    This population has been proposed for delisting
  • Population location: Southeastern Pacific DPS

    Listing status:  Endangered

    This population has been proposed for delisting
  • Population location: Hawaii DPS

    Listing status:  Endangered

    This population has been proposed for delisting
  • Population location: Brazil DPS

    Listing status:  Endangered

    This population has been proposed for delisting
  • Population location: Southeast Africa/Madagascar DPS

    Listing status:  Endangered

    This population has been proposed for delisting
  • Population location: Western North Pacific

    Listing status:  Endangered

    This population has been proposed for downlisting (Endangered -> Threatened)
  • Population location: Oceania DPS

    Listing status:  Endangered

    This population has been proposed for delisting
  • Population location: Mexico DPS

    Listing status:  Endangered

    This population has been proposed for delisting
  • Population location: Arabian Sea DPS

    Listing status:  Proposed Endangered

  • Population location: Cape Verde Island/Northwest Africa

    Listing status:  Proposed Endangered

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

» Candidate Information

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
06/02/1970 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)
11/24/1986 51 FR 42271 42273 NOAA--Proposed Regulations Governing Approaching Humpback Whales in Hawaiian Waters; 51 FR 42271-42273
01/19/1995 60 FR 3775 3776 Endangered Fish or Wildlife; Special Prohibitions; Approaching Humpback Whales in Hawaiian Waters
04/14/1970 35 FR 6069 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Endangered Species Conservation); 35 FR 6069
11/23/1987 52 FR 44912 44915 NOAA--Approaching Humback Whales in Hawaiian Waters; Interim Rule w/ Request for Comment; 52 FR 44912-44915
04/21/2015 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
Special Rule Publications
Date Citation Page Title
11/23/1987 52 FR 44912 44915 NOAA--Approaching Humback Whales in Hawaiian Waters; Interim Rule w/ Request for Comment; 52 FR 44912-44915
01/19/1995 60 FR 3775 3776 Endangered Fish or Wildlife; Special Prohibitions; Approaching Humpback Whales in Hawaiian Waters
11/24/1986 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
11/01/1991 Final Recovery Plan for the Humpback Whale View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
04/21/2015 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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