This polygon shapefile represents NMFS designated critical habitats for the northern right whale (Eubalaena glacialis). The designated habitat includes portions of Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagen Bank, the Great South Channel (each off the coast of Massachusetts), and waters adjacent to the coasts of Georgia and the east coast of Florida. This designation provides notice to Federal agencies and the public that a listed species is dependent on these areas and features for its continued existence and that any Federal action that may affect these areas or features is subject to the consultation requirements of section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). To support coastal planning and other activities pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act, Energy Policy Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Rivers and Harbors Act and the Submerged Lands Act. U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service and NOAA Coastal Services Center. (2011). Critical Habitat, Northern Right Whale, 2010. NOAA Coastal Services Center. Available at: http://purl.stanford.edu/tj577xs1651. None This layer is presented in the WGS84 coordinate system for web display purposes. Downloadable data are provided in native coordinate system or projection.
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