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12-Month Finding on Petitions to List the Common Thresher Shark and Bigeye Thresher Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act
Thursday, March 31, 2016

NMFS has completed comprehensive status reviews under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for two species of thresher shark in response to petitions to list those species. These species are the common thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus) and the bigeye thresher shark (Alopias superciliosus). Based on the best scientific and commercial information available, including the status review report (Young et al., 2015), and after taking into account efforts being made to protect these species, we have determined that the common thresher (A. vulpinus) and bigeye thresher (A. superciliosus) do not warrant listing at this time. We conclude that neither species is currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range nor likely to become so within the foreseeable future.

IThe status review report for common and bigeye thresher sharks is available electronically at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/fish/common-thresher-shark.html and http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/fish/bigeye-thresher-shark.html. You may also receive a copy by submitting a request to the Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Attention: Thresher Shark 12-month Finding For additional information please contact Chelsey Young, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources (OPR), (301) 427-8491, or see the Federal Register notice at: https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-07440


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