Management

The Hawaii population was listed as Endangered under the Endangered Species Act in November 2012.

As well as publishing papers and presenting information to workshops and conferences, we also regularly submit comments in response to proposed government actions in regards to false killer whale conservation and management and are participating in the false killer whale Take Reduction Team. Copies of these comments and more information is available below.

IUCN Red List Assessment 2018 PDF

False Killer Whale Take Reduction Team: Meeting Summaries & Info

Final Rule to Designate Critical Habitat for Main Hawaiian Islands Insular False Killer Whale Distinct Population Segment, July 2018 Summary and Supporting Materials PDF Map

False Killer Whale Recovery Planning and Implementation
Planning Recovery Workshop Summary (PDF) & Website

NMFS “negligible impact determination” for false killer whales in the Hawai‘i longline fishery, July 2014 Download comments

NMFS intent to prepare a Recovery Plan for main Hawaiian Islands false killer whales, November 2013 Download comments

NMFS Rule: Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Commercial Fishing Operations; False Killer Whale Take Reduction Plan, November 2012. Rule

NMFS proposed listing of Hawaiian insular false killer whales as Endangered, October 2012. Download comments

NMFS proposed listing of Hawaiian insular false killer whales as Endangered under the Endangered Species Act, February 2011. Download comments

Comments on the Management Plan Review of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, October 2010. Download comments

Comments on the scope of the Take Reduction Team for false killer whales in Hawai‘i, February 2010. Download comments

Comments on whether the insular stock of false killer whales in Hawai‘i should be listed under the Endangered Species Act, February 2010. Download comments

Comments on proposed changes to the Hawai‘i stock assessment report for false killer whales, September 2009. Download comments

Comments on NMFS draft supplemental environmental impact statement regarding changing regulations of the Hawai’i long-line fishery for swordfish, in terms of implications for impacts on false killer whales in Hawai’i, October 2008. Download comments

Comments on NMFS proposed changes to the Hawai‘i stock assessment report for false killer whales, October 2008. Download comments

Cascadia biologist Robin Baird is a member of the False Killer Whale Take Reduction Team established by NMFS. The Team developed a draft Take Reduction Plan to reduce bycatch of false killer whales in the Hawaii-based longline fishery. To download the draft Take Reduction Plan click here.

In November 2010 the National Marine Fisheries Service announced a proposal to list the Hawaii insular population of false killer whales as Endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. A copy of the Federal register notice can be downloaded here.    In November 2012 the main Hawaiian Islands insular population was listed as Endangered.

For more information on management of false killer whales in Hawaiian waters see the web site of the National Marine Fisheries Service Pacific Islands Regional Office