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Feds study humpback whale endangered list removal

By Audrey McAvoy

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:21 p.m. HST, Aug 30, 2013

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is launching a review of whether it should take North Pacific humpback whales off the endangered species list.

NOAA Fisheries is responding to a petition filed by a group of Hawaii fishermen saying the whale should no longer be classified as endangered because its population has steadily grown since the international community banned commercial whaling nearly 50 years ago.

The agency said in a Federal Register notice this week the petition presents substantial scientific and commercial information indicating a delisting may be warranted. It will study the issue for the next year.

The Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance for Conservation and Tradition Inc. filed its petition in April.

There are more than 21,000 humpback whales in the North Pacific, compared with about 1,400 in the mid-1960s.

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I say leave em' on the list-take em' off and it wont be long before they'll have to be re-added again.
on August 30,2013 | 12:49PM
1local wrote:
people who make money off the whales - will bother them even more.
on August 30,2013 | 12:57PM
BigOpu wrote:
Japanese would love the move. Then they don't have to get hassled by rebel ships when they are slaughtering whales for their scientific research.
on August 30,2013 | 01:24PM
EightOEight wrote:
What are the reasons the HI Alliance wants the humpbacks off the endangers list? So they can pillage the ocean more, unfettered, and possibly injure mother humpbacks and their calves here?
on August 30,2013 | 01:37PM
ryan02 wrote:
There are 6.5 billion people in the world. And they think 21,000 whales is a lot?
on August 30,2013 | 02:00PM
Shh wrote:
I say leave them on the list because after what has taken place in Japan after the tsunami, our Pacific waters may be in more danger by radiation and most of our ocean animals will not be able to survive. Keeping them on the list will prevent people from killing them so hopefully some of them may be able to continue to live outside the Pacific and at the same time to protect the people from being contaminated by the radiation as well. Just my opinion.
on August 30,2013 | 03:07PM
Shh wrote:
Another thing, if we currently have humpback whales and other marine animals on the endangered list then how is it possible that the navy is able to practice in our pacific waters knowing that it may harm these animals? What is the sense of putting these animals on the list to begin with if the military can perform these studies with their missiles?
on August 30,2013 | 03:16PM
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