A humpback whale breaches in Southeast Alaska. (Photo by Fred Sharpe/NMFS)

Here is the audio of a three-hour meeting in Petersburg Jan. 6 hosted by the National Marine Fisheries Service about a proposed rule to designate areas of Alaska’s coastal waters as critical habitat for humpback whales. The Petersburg meeting focused on the designation for Southeast Alaska for a small population of threatened whales from Mexico that come to the region to feed.

The audio is unedited, broken into three parts for ease of listening.

Part 1–NOAA presentation and Q and A:

Part 2–Testimony in person:

Part 3–Testimony by phone and more Q and A: