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Record of Decision Available
for Atlantic Large Whale
Take Reduction Plan Final Rule

NOAA Fisheries Service has issued its record of decision for the final rule implementing new measures to further reduce the risk of entangling large whales in fishing gear along the East Coast.   The record shows that the final rule implements measures identical to those presented as the preferred alternative in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) published August 10.  A final rule implementing the measures is expected to publish on Friday, October 5.

The record of decision is available online here, along with other documentation regarding the action to date:

http://www.nero.noaa.gov/whaletrp

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is celebrating 200 years of science and service to the nation. From the establishment of the Survey of the Coast in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson to the formation of the Weather Bureau and the Commission of Fish and Fisheries in the 1870s, much of America's scientific heritage is rooted in NOAA.

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NOAA Fisheries Service: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov
Atlantic Large Whale Protection Plan: http://www.nero.noaa.gov/whaletrp

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