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(2) September 30, 2009, 7-9 p.m., Seattle Aquarium, Pier 59, Seattle, WA; and
(3) October 5, 2009, 7-9 p.m., The Grange Hall, First Street, Friday Harbor, WA.
Written or electronic comments on the proposed rule and draft Environmental Assessment (EA) from all interested parties are encouraged and must be received no later than October 27, 2009. All comments and material received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and may be released to the public.
* Federal e-rulemaking Portal:
* Mail: Assistant Regional Administrator, Protected Resources Division, Northwest Regional Office, National Marine Fisheries Service, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115.
The draft EA and other supporting documents are available on Regulations.gov and the NMFS Northwest Region Web site at
You may submit information and comments concerning this Proposed Rule, the draft EA, or any of the supporting documents by any one of several methods identified above. We will consider all comments and information received during the comment period in preparing a final
On July 29, 2009, NMFS proposed regulations under the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act to prohibit vessels from approaching killer whales within 200 yards and from parking in the path of whales for vessels in inland waters of Washington State (74 FR 37674). The proposed regulations would also prohibit vessels from entering a conservation area during a defined season. Certain vessels would be exempt from the prohibitions. The purpose of the action is to protect killer whales from interference and noise associated with vessels. In the final rule announcing the endangered listing of Southern Resident killer whales NMFS identified disturbance and sound associated with vessels as a potential contributing factor in the recent decline of this population. The Recovery Plan for Southern Resident killer whales calls for evaluating current guidelines and assessing the need for regulations and/or protected areas. We developed the proposed rule after considering comments submitted in response to an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (72 FR 13464; March 22, 2007) and preparing a draft environmental assessment (EA).
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