National Marine Fisheries Service to Conduct Status Review for Four Cetaceans
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Today, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced (pdf) a 90-day finding on a petition to list the Hector’s dolphin (Cephalorhynchus hectori), the Baltic Sea subpopulation of harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), the eastern Taiwan Strait subpopulation of the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis), and the Fiordland subpopulation of the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) under the Endangered Species Act. The announcement came as a result of NMFS' determination that the petition presented substantial scientific and commercial information indicating that listing may be warranted.
NMFS will conduct a 12-month status review of the species to determine whether the best scientific information available supports listing. According to the announcement, NMFS is accepting information and comments on the species through April 22, 2014.

NMFS also stated in the announcement that it had determined that the petition did not present substantial information indicating that listing the Galapagos fur seal (Arctocephalus galapagoensis) is warranted, and declined to take further action with respect to this species.

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