NMFS Finds Great Hammerhead Shark ESA Listing Not Warranted

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced its 12-month finding that a listing of the great hammerhead shark as an endangered or threatened species is not warranted at this time (either entirely, as the Northwest Atlantic population, or as any distinct population segments). In the U.S., great hammerhead sharks can be found in the western Atlantic, where the… More »

Capitol Hill Ocean Week Focuses on Climate Change, Marine Protected Areas

The recent Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2014 included extensive discussion about climate change, the need and desire for new marine protected areas, and accelerated action and use of executive actions to protect the ocean. Specific topics that were covered included NOAA’s re-establishment of a new national marine sanctuary nomination process, a commitment to have marine… More »

NOAA Adopts New National Marine Sanctuary Nomination Process

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has issued a final rule that establishes a new process for the nomination of new national marine sanctuaries under which communities can submit nomination applications for NOAA consideration and potential designation.  Communities are defined as a collection of interested individuals or groups; local, tribal, state, or national agencies; elected officials; or… More »

DOI Seeks Comments on 2017-2022 OCS Leasing Program

The Interior Department has announced the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s issuance of a Request for Information seeking information and comments on the preparation of the 2017-2022 offshore oil and gas leasing program.  Official public notice was published on June 16, and comments are due by Thursday, July 31.  BOEM requests information on all 26 OCS planning areas, including areas currently under moratorium or… More »