NMFS Issues Final Rule Revising Critical Habitat for Southern Resident Killer Whale Distinct Population Segment

The National Marine Fisheries Service has issued a final rule that designates six additional coastal critical habitat areas along the West coast for the southern resident killer whale distinct population segment under the Endangered Species Act. The newly designated areas include 15,910 square miles of marine waters along the U.S. West Coast from the U.S. international border with Canada south to Point Sur, California. The rule is effective September 1, 2021.