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Endangered Species Act Puts Humpback Whales on Road to Recovery, But Hurdles Remain


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Endangered Species Act Puts Humpback Whales on Road to Recovery, But Hurdles Remain

WASHINGTON - The National Marine Fisheries Service today announced a decision to change the listing status of humpback whales under the Endangered Species Act. Humpback whales were previously protected as endangered globally, but today’s finding splits the species into 14 populations — and while it continues protections for some populations, it proposes to remove endangered species protections for others, namely the Hawaii population, the Mexico population that feeds off the West Coast of the United States, and the West Indies population that feeds off the U.S. East Coast.

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