→ Critical habitat designation for Main Hawaiian Islands Insular False Killer Whale

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The National Marine Fisheries Service proposes 'to designate critical habitat for the Main Hawaiian Islands insular false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) distinct population segment by designating waters from the 45-meter (m) depth contour to the 3200-m depth contour around the main Hawaiian Islands from Niihau east to Hawaii.' The proposal lists areas within these waters that would be excluded from the critical habitat designation because of large economic and national security impacts. Critical habitat is required to be designated by Section 4 of the Endangered Species Act. The Fisheries Service is 'soliciting comments on all aspects of the proposal, including information on the economic, national security, and other relevant impacts' and 'will consider additional information received prior to making a final designation.'