NOAA may Remove Endangered Status from Alaska Humpback Whales

June 26, 2014 12:56 PM

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For more than four decades, Alaska's humpback whales have received federal protection as it enjoyed the status of endangered species. Its population has improved due to its endangered classification.

Due to this reason, Alaska filed a petition on February 26 asking federal fisheries managers to take off the endangered tag from whales. In its petition, Alaska stated that the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) has increased the whales' population significantly and current regulations will protect t...

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