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NOAA considers recovery plan for beluga whale and critical habitat revisions for leatherback sea turtle

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75 Fed. Reg. 4528 (Thursday, January 28, 2010) / Notices
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Docket RIN 0648–XU02
Endangered and Threatened Species: Notice of Intent to Prepare a Recovery Plan for Cook Inlet Beluga Whales
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of Intent to prepare recovery plan; request for information.
SUMMARY: NMFS is required by the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), to develop plans for the conservation and survival of federally listed species, i.e., recovery plans. NMFS is announcing its intent to prepare a recovery plan for the Cook Inlet beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) and requests information from the public. DATES: All information must be received no later than 5 p.m. Alaska Time by March 29, 2010.

75 Fed. Reg. 5015 (Monday, February 1, 2010) / Proposed Rules
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
50 CFR Part 226 / Docket RIN 0648–AX06
Endangered and Threatened Species; Public Hearing Notification
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of public hearings.
SUMMARY: NMFS will hold two public hearings in Carlsbad, CA, and San Jose, CA, in February 2010 to answer questions and receive public comments on the proposed rule to revise the critical habitat designation for the endangered leatherback sea turtle, which was published in the Federal Register on January 5, 2010. DATES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific dates, times and locations of the public hearings. Comments and information regarding this proposed rule must be received by March 8, 2010.