[Coral-List] Caribbean Acropora spp. and Scientific Research
Sarah.Heberling at noaa.gov
Wed Mar 25 15:45:21 EDT 2009
Recently, I learned of a mis-perception floating around that /Acropora
palmata/ and /A. cervicornis/, which are listed species under the U.S.
Endangered Species Act (ESA), are now considered by some in the
scientific research world to be "off-limits" because of new protections
afforded under the ESA. THIS IS FALSE!! Now is a time when these
imperiled Caribbean coral species need more attention than ever to
increase our understanding of the mechanisms affecting these species'
In general, any permits needed in the past to conduct scientific
research on /A. palmata/ and /A. cervicornis/ are the same permits
needed for today and into the future. No additional ESA permits are
A guide to permits needed by scientific researchers for conducting
research on either of these species is available on our website here:
A Spanish version of this guide is also available:
If either you (the scientific researcher) or the permitting agency with
which you are dealing has questions, please contact either Jennifer
Moore (jennifer.moore at noaa.gov) or me (see contact info below).
Sarah E. Heberling
NOAA Fisheries Service
Phone: (727) 824-5312
Fax: (727) 824-5309
Email: Sarah.Heberling at noaa.gov
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