Environmental Assessment/Regulatory Impact Review/Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis for a Regulatory Amendment to Implement Minimum Approach Distances Around Humpback Whales in Waters off Alaska
Analysis of minimum approach distances around humpback whales.
NOAA Fisheries is amending 50 CFR Part 224.103 to establish regulations on minimum approach distances around humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, within waters off Alaska. Under these regulations, it would be unlawful to approach by any means, including by interception, within 200 yards of a humpback whale. This is necessary to minimize the disturbance to humpback whales feeding in waters off Alaska.