Still endangered? NOAA reviews what’s next for humpbacks…

Numbers of humpbacks may have increased enough to pull them from the US federal protections....photo off western Maui in February by Ian Byington.
Numbers of humpbacks may have increased enough to pull them from the US federal protections….photo off western Maui in February by Ian Byington.

My friends at Whale Trust in Maui tell me that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is set to review whether humpbacks will remain protected as an endangered species, or whether their status would be downgraded to “threatened.”

The issue includes checking to see if the North Pacific humpback should be considered as a separate species, as well.

Here’s more from  Alaska Public Media.