August 21, 2013
In 2010, NMFS initiated a status review in response to a petition to list the Main Hawaiian islands insular population of Hawaiian false killer whales as an endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
In November 2012, NMFS published a final rule listing the Main Hawaiian Islands insular population of Hawaiian false killer whales as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The listing was based in part on the results of the status review conducted by the Hawaiian insular false killer whale biological review team, of which Marine Mammal Genetics Group Leader Barbara Taylor was a member. Genetic analyses performed by members of the Marine Mammal Genetics Group played a key role in the status review.
Read more about the Marine Mammal Genetics Group's false killer whale research: Divergence of Hawaiian false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens).