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Critical Habitat Proposed for Rare North Pacific Right Whales

November 03, 2005

San Francisco, CA - NOAA Fisheries is proposing to protect 36,750 square miles of critical habitat in the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska for one of the world's rarest whales - the North Pacific Right Whale.

In a ruling dated June 14, 2005, federal Judge William Alsup in the Northern District of California ordered the NOAA Fisheries to either propose designation of an area in the North Pacific ocean as critical habitat for right whales under the Endangered Species Act or explain why such designation should not occur due to "more paramount statutory considerations."

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