The Taiwanese Humpback Dolphin was declared by the US government as an endangered species in 2018, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is seeking public comments on whether it should stay on that list.
In a May 2 notice, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service announced it was beginning a five-year review “to ensure that the listing classifications of species are accurate.”
“To ensure that the review is complete and based on the best available scientific and commercial information, we are soliciting new information from the public, governmental agencies, Tribes, the scientific community, industry, environmental entities, and any other interested parties concerning the status of Sousa chinensis taiwanensis. Categories of requested information include: (1) species biology including, but not limited to, population trends, distribution, abundance, demographics, and genetics; (2) habitat conditions including, but not limited to, amount, distribution, and important features for conservation; (3) status and trends of threats to the species and its habitats; (4) conservation measures that have been implemented that benefit the species, including monitoring data demonstrating effectiveness of such measures; and (5) other new information, data, or corrections including, but not limited to, taxonomic or nomenclatural changes and improved analytical methods for evaluating extinction risk.”
If you want to submit information for the review, check out the notice here.
Find out more about the Taiwanese Humpback Dolphin here.