NOAA Fisheries recently released new five-year action plans for eight marine species identified as among the most at risk of extinction through NOAA’s Species in the Spotlight.
The eight endangered species are:
Gulf of Maine population of Atlantic salmon
Central California Coast coho salmon
Cook Inlet beluga whales
Hawaiian monk seals
Pacific leatherback sea turtles
Sacramento River winter-run chinook salmon
Southern Resident killer whales in Puget Sound
According to NOAA, the goal of the campaign is to stop the decline of these species and move them toward recovery. The agency is also looking to join with local, state and tribal governments, academic partners, and the public to make sure these endangered species do not decline further.
The public can visit NOAA’s Species in the Spotlight site to learn more.
source: NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region