Draft Economic Analysis for the Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the Mexico, Central American, and Western North Pacific Distinct Population Segments of Humpback Whales (ID404)

Under section 4(b)(2) of the ESA, NMFS is required to consider the economic impact of designating critical habitat.

ID: ID404 Info. Type: ISI

Estimated Initial Dissemination Date: 6/21/2019

Estimated Dissemination Date of Final Work Product: 6/28/2019

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Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information

Review Type: Individual Letters

Expected Number of Peer Reviewers: 3 or fewer

Peer Reviewers will be selected by: The agency.

Will the public, including scientific or professional societies, be asked to nominate potential peer reviewers? No.

Will there be opportunities for the public to comment on the work product to be peer reviewed? Yes. NMFS will request public comment on the draft economic analysis if and when a proposed rule to designate critical habitat is published. Public comment on the economic analysis would be solicited concurrently with publication of the proposed rule. Thus, any such request for public input on the economic analysis would be done following the completion of peer review.

Will the agency provide significant and relevant public comments to the peer reviewers before they conduct their review? No.

Primary disciplines or expertise needed in the review: Humpback whale biology and ecology, cost benefit analysis, ESA section 7 consultations.

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