[Coral-List] Elkhorn and Staghorn Coral Conservation Workshops

Sarah Heberling Sarah.Heberling at noaa.gov
Tue Apr 11 10:20:25 EDT 2006

Dear All -

Last spring, NOAA Fisheries Service published a proposed rule to list 
elkhorn /(Acropora palmata) /and staghorn /(Acropora cervicornis) 
/corals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Pending a 
final determination on this rule, NOAA Fisheries is sponsoring 
stakeholder input workshops throughout South Florida, the Florida Keys, 
Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands (see below for dates, times, 
and locations) to collect information concerning the conservation of the 
species. These workshops are meant to be constructive brainstorming 
sessions during which NOAA Fisheries will gather as much information as 
possible about activities and programs that involve interaction with 
elkhorn and staghorn corals.  Additionally, NOAA Fisheries seeks 
information relevant to the designation of possible critical habitat for 
the species.  The information gathered during all seven of the workshops 
will be considered in the development of any future conservation 
measures.  These workshops are open to the public and all are invited to 
attend and participate.  The full workshop announcement and additional 
information on the proposed rule to list /Acropora/ spp. are available 
at NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office Protected Resources Division 
website: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/protres.htm.


Monday, May 8, 2006
6 - 8 PM
IGFA Events Hall
300 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, FL

Tuesday, May 9, 2006
6 - 8 PM
Holiday Inn - Ramada - Marina Del Mar
99701 Overseas Hwy
Key Largo, FL

Wednesday, May 10, 2006
6 - 8 PM
Marathon Government Center
MM 50
Marathon, FL

Thursday, May 11, 2006
Harvey Government Center
1200 Truman Ave.
Key West, FL

Tuesday, May 23, 2006
5 - 7 PM
St. Croix Curriculum Center
Virgin Islands Dept. of Education
Christiansted, St. Croix

Wednesday, May 24, 2006
6 - 8 PM
Holiday Inn Windward Passage
Veterans Drive
Charlotte Amelie, St. Thomas

Thursday, May 25, 2006
3 - 5 PM
Jardin Botanico
Barrio Venezuela
Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

For more information, please visit 
http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/protres.htm or contact:
Sarah Heberling or Jennifer Moore
NMFS Southeast Regional Office
Protected Resources Division
(727) 824-5312
Sarah.Heberling at noaa.gov
Jennifer.Moore at noaa.gov

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