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All MBNMS marine mammals are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, 1972

Status Codes:

Endangered: Listed as Endangered by the State of California or the Federal Government

Threatened: Listed as Threatened by the State of California or the Federal Government

Depleted: Depleted according the Marine Mammal Protection Act (special status)

Category 1: Candidate for listing by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (sufficient biological information available to support a proposal to list taxa as Endangered or Threatened)

Category 2: Candidate for listing by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (existing information indicates taxa may warrant listing, butsubstantial biological information necessary to support a proposed rule is lacking)

CSC: California Department of Fish and Game "Species of Special Concern"

SCT: California Candidate for listing as Threatened

FSS: Federal Bureau of Land Management or U.S. Forest Service Sensitive Species

SPL: Species proposed for listing

* Taxa listed with an asterisk fall into one or more of the following categories:

1. Taxa that are biologically rare, very restricted in distribution, declining throughout their range, or at a critical stage in their life cycle when residing in California.

2. Populations(s) in California that may be peripheral to the major portion of a taxon's range, but which are threatened with extirpation within California.

3. Taxa closely associated with a habitat that is declining in California (e.g., wetlands, riparian, old growth forest).

+ The coast wide status of all Chinook runs is currently being reviewed for the California, Oregon and Washington coasts. Within the MBNMS boundaries the Spring, late Fall and San Joaquin Fall runs are considered to have depressed populations.

CNPS: California Native Plant Society CNPS Codes:
1B: Rare, threatened or endangered in California and elsewhere
4: Limited distribution, which may lead to species becoming rare, threatened or endangered

Status Codes Occurrence in County
x (yes); - (no); blank(information not available)
Common Name Scientific Name
Genus species
State Status Federal Status Other Marin County San Mateo County Santa Cruz County Monterey County San Luis Obispo County

Pinnipeds

Steller sea lion Eumetopias jubatus None Threatened x
Guadelupe fur seal Arctocephalus townsendi Threatened Threatened x
Northern fur seal Callorhinus ursinus Depleted

Fissiped

Southern sea otter Enhydra lutris None Threatened x

Cetaceans

Blue whale Balaenoptera musculus None Endangered x
Fin whale Balaenoptera physalus None Endangered x
Humpback whale Megaptera novaeangliae None Endangered x
Pacific right whale Eubalaena glacialis None Endangered x
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus None Endangered x
Sei whale Balaenoptera borealis None Endangered

Other Codes:

FR: Farallone islands
AN: Ano Nuevo island
ST: Seasonal Transient
SR: Seasonal Resident
YR: Year Round

For more information on the distribution and status of these and other species contact the California Department of Fish and Game for their Natural Diversity Data Base

URL: http://montereybay.noaa.gov/sitechar/spsmamm.html    Reviewed: March 05, 2014
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