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On September 16, 2016, the Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) extended the public comment period by 30 days for its proposed rule, “Horse Protection; Licensing of Designated Qualified Persons and Other Amendments.” The proposed rule would transfer responsibility for training, licensing, and monitoring third-party, independent inspectors (known as “Designated Qualified Persons” or DQPs) to APHIS and would create additional licensing eligibility requirements for DQPs.
On August 24, 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposed a regulation under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to prohibit swimming with and approaching Hawaiian spinner dolphins within 50 yards. The proposed rule would apply to activities within 2 nautical miles (nm) of the Hawaiian Islands and in the waters between the islands of Lanai, Maui, and Kahoolawe. In addition, the proposed rule would prohibit approach by interception.