NOAA Fisheries, to follow up on their August 9, 2013 determination that a threatened or endangered listing under the ESA is not warranted at this time, is beginning work on a conservation plan for the two species. The first step is to convene a 'Technical Expert Working Group' composed of researchers and managers from the entire geographic range of the species.
The first meeting of this group will be held on March 27, 2014. The main goal is to set up the structure of the TEWG, but the meeting is open to the public and there is time on the agenda to accept public comment. Check out the website below for updates:
Abigail Franklin Archer