[CDHC] Public Comment period announced for Proposed ESA Rule for Elkhorn & Staghorn Corals

Cheryl Woodley cheryl.woodley at noaa.gov
Fri Dec 14 11:31:55 EST 2007

Dear CDHC List Members:
You may want to take this opportunity to participate in the public 
comment period for the Caribbean Acroporids.

NOAA Fisheries Service is seeking public comments on a proposed rule to 
further protect elkhorn and staghorn corals, which we listed as 
threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on May 9, 2006.  This 
proposed rule, called a 4(d) rule (after section 4(d) of the ESA), 
details prohibitions necessary to provide for the conservation of these 
two coral species.  Specifically, the proposed 4(d) rule would prohibit 
import, export, take, and all commercial activities involving either of 
these threatened species.

The public comment period for this proposed rule ends on March 13th, 
2008.  Attached to this email, please find the Federal Register notice 
for the proposed rule.  Additional information is available on our 
website at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/esa/acropora.htm.  A press 
release is forthcoming.  If you would like a copy of any of these 
documents emailed, mailed, or faxed to you, please contact me with your 
request (see contact information below).  Additionally, if you have any 
questions, do not hesitate to contact me.  Your participation in the 
public comment process is strongly encouraged.  Instructions for 
providing comments on this action are included in the Federal Register 

Cheryl Woodley, Ph.D.
Coral Health and Disease Program

Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research
Hollings Marine Laboratory
331 Fort Johnson Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
843.762.8862 Phone
843.762.8737 Fax
cheryl.woodley at noaa.gov

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