Comments Sought on Possible ESA Listing for Smooth Hammerhead, Bigeye Thresher Sharks

In response to an April 2015 petition filed by Defenders of Wildlife, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service recently announced that it is seeking comments on its 90-day finding that substantial scientific or commercial information indicates that it may be warranted to list the smooth hammerhead shark as an endangered or threatened species range-wide (or alternatively identify distinct population segments as endangered or threatened) and designate critical habitat.  The smooth hammerhead shark is found in areas including the Atlantic from Nova Scotia to Florida and into the Caribbean Sea.

In response to another April 2015 petition filed by Defenders of Wildlife, NMFS has also announced that it is seeking comments its 90-day finding that substantial scientific or commercial information indicates that it may be warranted to list the bigeye thresher shark as an endangered or threatened species range-wide (or alternatively identify distinct population segments as endangered or threatened) and designate critical habitat.  The bigeye thresher shark is found in areas including the Atlantic from New York to Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida, Mississippi, and Texas.