App. A: Federal Actions

History of federal actions for Cook Inlet beluga whales

History of federal actions for Cook Inlet beluga whales.
Date
Action
Regulation
August 31, 1988 CI belugas included in the List of Candidate Vertebrate and Invertebrate Marine Species for possible listing under ESA 53 FR 33516
November 19, 1998 NMFS initiated a status review of CI belugas to determine whether designation as depleted under MMPA or listing as threatened or endangered under ESA is warranted 63 FR 64228
January 21, 1999 NMFS received petition to designate CI belugas as depleted under MMPA Not applicable
March 3, 1999 NMFS received petitions to list CI belugas as endangered under ESA N/A
April 9, 1999 NMFS determined petitions presented substantial information indicating the petitioned actions may be warranted 64 FR 17347
May 21, 1999 MMPA amended to require cooperative agreements to harvest CI belugas between NMFS and affected Alaska Native organizations Pub. L. No. 106–31, Section 3022, 113 Stat. 57, 100
October 19, 1999 NMFS proposed designating the CI beluga stock as depleted under MMPA 64 FR 56298
May 31, 2000 CI beluga stock listed as depleted under MMPA 65 FR 34590
June 22, 2000 NMFS determined ESA listing not warranted; established CI beluga stock as a DPS and thus as a “species” as defined under ESA 65 FR 38778
October 4, 2000 NMFS proposed regulations to regulate subsistence harvest of CI belugas by Alaska Natives 65 FR 59164
December 21, 2000 MMPA amendment (May 21, 1999) on subsistence harvest of CI belugas by Alaska Natives made permanent Pub. L. No. 106–553, 114 Stat. 2762, 2762A– 108
September 26, 2003 Notice of Availability published for theSubsistence Harvest Management of CI Beluga Whales Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 68 FR 55604
April 6, 2004 NMFS released final interim regulations to govern subsistence harvest of CI belugas by Alaska Natives 69 FR 17973
April 15, 2004 CI belugas transferred from ESA Candidate Species List to newly created Species of Concern List 69 FR 19975
March 16, 2005 NMFS published a Notice of Availability of the MMPADraft Conservation Plan for the CI Beluga Whale 70 FR 12853
March 24, 2006 NMFS initiated a status review to determine if CI belugas should be listed under ESA 71 FR 14836
March 29, 2006 NMFS published a Notice of Intent to prepare a supplemental EIS (SEIS) for long-term management of CI beluga subsistence harvest by Alaska Natives 71 FR 15697
April 2006 NMFS received a petition to list CI belugas as endangered under ESA Not applicable
August 7, 2006 NMFS determined petition presented substantial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted 71 FR 44641
April 20, 2007 NMFS published proposed rule to list CI belugas as endangered under ESA 72 FR 19854
December 28, 2007 Notice of Availability published for theCI Beluga Whale Subsistence Harvest Draft SEIS 72 FR 73798
April 22, 2008 NMFS extended the deadline for ESA listing decision six months 73 FR 21578
June 20, 2008 Notice of Availability published for theCI Beluga Whale Subsistence Harvest Final SEIS 73 FR 60976
October 15, 2008 NMFS published final regulations establishing long-term management of subsistence harvest of CI belugas by Alaska Natives 73 FR 60976
October 22, 2008 NMFS issued final rule to list the DPS of the beluga whale found in Cook Inlet, Alaska, as endangered under ESA 73 FR 62919
October 22, 2008 NMFS published a Notice of Availability of the final MMPA Conservation Plan for the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale 73 FR 62961
December 2, 2009 NMFS proposed to designate critical habitat for CI belugas under ESA 74 FR 63080
January 28, 2010 NMFS published a Notice of Intent to prepare a recovery plan for CI belugas 75 FR 4528
April 11, 2011 NMFS issued the final rule designating critical habitat for CI belugas under ESA 76 FR 20180
May 15, 2015 NMFS published a Notice of Availability of theDraft Recovery Plan for the Cook Inlet Beluga Whaleand opened a 60-day public comment period 80 FR 27925