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Title and Description:

Draft Recovery Plan for the Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) - Revision

NMFS finalized a recovery plan for the blue whale in 1998, and in 2012 indicated its intent to update the plan. This draft revised recovery plan summarizes the best available information on blue whale natural history and the known and potential threats to the species. The document also describes a recovery strategy to address the potential threats and includes recovery goals and criteria. Once finalized, the plan will be used to direct U.S. activities and to encourage international cooperation to promote the recovery of this endangered species.

ID376 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 01/23/2020
Estimated Dissemination Date of Final Work Product: 09/30/2020
Actual Dissemination Date:
Contact Person: Tracy Miller NOAA Locator

Date First Posted in Peer Review Agenda: 6/6//2017
Estimated Peer Review Start Date: 4/3/2016
Review type:
Individual letters
Number of reviewers:
3 or fewer

Peer reviewers: Reviewers will be selected by the 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 and When? The availability of the draft recovery plan for public review and comment was announced in the Federal Register on October 12, 2018 (83 FR 51665). Peer review was concurrent with public review.

The availability of the draft recovery plan for public review and comment will be announced in the Federal Register. Peer review will be concurrent with public review.

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: Blue whale biology and ecology, conservation, species recovery.

Comments on Peer Review:

Charge Statement

Peer review report

Final work product