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August 28, 2014
NOAA Lists 20 New Corals as Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act.

In total, 22 species of coral are now protected under the Endangered Species Act, including the two corals (elkhorn and staghorn) listed as threatened in 2006. Fifteen of the newly listed species occur in the Indo-Pacific and five in the Caribbean (see table below). None are found in Hawaii. Protecting and conserving biologically diverse coral […]

April 8, 2014
Court upholds massive listing settlements between FWS, greens

E & E News, April 1, 2014 By Phil Taylor A federal court in Washington, D.C., today upheld a pair of sweeping 2011 settlements between the Obama administration and environmental groups over the streamlining of endangered species decisions, concluding that a homebuilders coalition lacked standing to challenge them. It marked the fourth time in a […]

January 23, 2014
A coastline of ‘critical’ habitat? Petition seeks to expand protection for endangered orcas

by SCOTT RASMUSSEN,  Journal of the San Juans  Jan 22, 2014 The amount of critical habitat afforded to the Southern Resident killer whales will grow by leaps and bounds, if the Center for Biological Diversity has its way. The Center last week filed a formal petition with the National Marine Members of the endangered Southern resident […]

October 28, 2013
Petition to List 81 Marine Species under the ESA

NOAA Fisheries Background On July 15, 2013, NMFS received a petition from WildEarth Guardians [pdf] to list 81 species as threatened or endangered and designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act. The 81 petitioned species includes corals hagfishes sharks skates rays bony fishes sea snakes marine mammals NMFS will respond to the petition with 90-day findings […]

October 4, 2013
Whales, Dolphins Need a Break From Deadly Navy Blasts

By Miyoko Sakashita. The Huffington Post, September 27, 2013 Whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions got a good break this week when a judge told a federal wildlife agency it's not doing enough to protect them from Navy war exercises along the West Coast. That means the National Marine Fisheries Service will have to go […]

September 12, 2013
Action Alert: Services Solicit Public Comment on Proposed Revisions to Endangered Species Act Implementation Regulations

  Contact: Connie  Barclay (301) 427-8003 (202) 441-2398 (Cell) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 29, 2013 Use of “surrogates” to measure incidental take would improve program’s implementation, decrease unnecessary regulatory burden and costs In order to make the implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) more effective and less burdensome, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and […]

June 28, 2013
What’s Holding Up Coral Recovery?

An important pair of corals urgently needs your help. Elkhorn and staghorn corals are being deprived of a recovery plan that would help guide management necessary for their conservation. The feds convened the recovery team shortly after these imperiled corals were listed under the Endangered Species Act in 2006, and the team completed its work […]

January 17, 2013
Proposed Listing Determinations for 82 Reef-Building Coral Species; Proposed Reclassification of Acropora palmata and Acropora cervicornis from Threatened to Endangered

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments. Public Comments Solicited     To ensure that any final action resulting from this proposal will be as accurate and effective as possible, we are soliciting comments from the public, other concerned governmental agencies, the scientific community, […]

January 13, 2013
Attend a Hearing to Save 66 Corals

The government has set up a number of hearings to discuss the 66 corals proposed for endangered species protections. Please attend a public meeting in your area and give your support the proposed coral protections. It's a great opportunity to learn what the coral listings will mean and also build support within your community to […]

NOAA proposes listing 66 reef-building coral species under the Endangered Species Act

NOAA press release: November 30, 2012 In compliance with a federal court ordered deadline, and consistent with existing international protections, NOAA Fisheries announced today that it is proposing Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings for 66 coral species, including 59 in the Pacific and seven in the Caribbean. This science-based proposal is more limited than the […]