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Title and Description:

Status Review of the Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) Under the Endangered Species Act

In May 2010, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) convened the Humpback Whale Biological Review Team (BRT) to conduct a comprehensive review of the status of humpback whales as the basis for considering revisions to this species’ Endangered Species Act listing status.  Conducting an ESA status review involves two key tasks: identifying the taxonomic units (species, subspecies or DPS) to be evaluated, and assessing the risk of extinction for each of these units.

ID: 284 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 12/1/2014
Contact Person: Michael LIddel NOAA Locator

Date First Posted in Peer Review Agenda: 11/4/2014

Estimated Peer Review Start Date: 6/8/2012
Review type: individual letters
Expected number of peer reviewers: 4-10
Peer reviewers will be selected by: a designated outside agency.

Will the public, including scientific or professional societies, be asked to nominate potential peer reviewers? no

Will there be opportunities for the public to comment on the work product to be peer reviewed? yes

How? The status review will be made available to the public upon publication of the proposed Endangered Species Act listing rule.  Public comment period on the proposed rule will be for 90 days.

When? Estimated December 2014.

Will the agency provide significant and relevant public comments to the peer reviewers before they conduct their review? no.

Primary disciplines or expertise needed in the review: Expertise needed in the review of the humpback whale status review includes familiarity with one or more of the following areas: Marine mammal biology, large whale behavior, Endangered Species Act and status reviews, humpback whale biology and/or behavior and threats, and marine mammal regulations.  

Comments on Peer Review:

Charge to reviewers

Final peer review report

Final work product