Large Whales Management Banner

Home | About Us | Search | Directions

Information on the FEIS and Final Rule

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), NOAA Fisheries Service published a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register announcing the issuance of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). A Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was published on February 25, 2005, and the proposed rule published on June 21, 2005 (Click here for more information on the DEIS and proposed rule). After considering public comments on the DEIS and proposed rule, NOAA Fisheries Service prepared an FEIS including an identified preferred alternative for amending the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (ALWTRP) and an analysis of the impacts of the proposed modifications to the ALWTRP on the human environment. Comments on the FEIS must be received no later than September 17, 2007. Click here for information about submitting comments on the FEIS. Following the closure of the comment period on the FEIS, NMFS will prepare a Record of Decision (ROD) that will include: 1) the decision; 2) alternatives considered; and 3) factors considered in the decision. The final rule, which describes how the modifications to the ALWTRP will be implemented, is expected to publish soon after the ROD.


  Highlights
 

FEIS for Amending the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan: Broad-Based Gear Modifications

VOLUME I.

VOLUME II.

 
     

North Atlantic Right Whale
 
North Atlantic Right Whale

  Features
   
     

  Questions?
 

Contact Kate Swails
Large Whale Coordinator
978-282-8481
National Marine Fisheries Service
Protected Resources Division
55 Great Republic Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930

 
     

Spiral Shell Refer to this Page for Newly Available NOAA Fisheries Service Information Related to Final ALWTRP Modifications.

Last Updated: October 7, 2010

marine plants graphic
     
NOAA Fisheries Logo, link to NOAA Fisheries Wepage NOAA Logo, link to NOAA webpage DOC Logo, link to DOC webpage