[Coral-List] Proposed rule to list Acropora spp. as threatened under the ESA
Jennifer.Moore at noaa.gov
Thu May 12 15:36:57 EDT 2005
<>NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is seeking public
comment on a proposed rule to list two species of coral, elkhorn and
staghorn, as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The
comment period began May 9, 2005, with the publication of the proposed
rule in the Federal Register. <>
The two species are proposed to be listed as threatened. If listed as
threatened, the prohibited acts of the ESA will not automatically apply,
as they would if the species were listed as endangered. Therefore NMFS
will develop a separate proposed rule (4 (d) rule) detailing proposed
prohibitions and protective measures for the conservation of these two
species, to be implemented if the proposed rule to list these species as
threatened is finalized. Once NMFS develops the proposed 4(d) rule,
there will be separate public meetings to solicit public comment on the
proposed prohibitions and protective measures.
Currently, NMFS is only seeking public comment on the proposed rule to
add the two species to the Endangered Species list. Specifically NMFS
is requesting comments relating to the status of these two species. To
view the proposed rule, visit the Southeast Region's Protected
Resources' website at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/protres.htm. You may
submit comments, identified by docket number, by any of the following
* <>E-mail: Acropora.Info at noaa.gov
<mailto:Acropora.Info at noaa.gov>. Include Docket Number or RIN
0648-XB29 in the subject line of the message.
* Mail: Assistant Regional Administrator, Protected Resources
Division, NMFS, Southeast Regional Office, Protected Resources
Division, 263 13th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
* Facsimile (fax) to: 727-824-5309
* Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow
the instructions for submitting comments. Instructions: All
submissions received must include the agency name and docket
number or Regulatory Information Number (RIN) for this rulemaking.
* At the following meetings:
1. Monday, June 13, 2005, at the Caribe Hilton, The Flamboyan, San
Geronimo Grounds, Los Rosales St., San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901, 7-9 p.m.
2. Tuesday, June 14, 2005, at the Holiday Inn Windward Passage,
Veterans Drive, Caribbean B Room, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.
Virgin Islands, 00804, 7-9 p.m.
3. Tuesday, June 21, 2005, at the Marathon Garden Club, 5270
Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL, 33050, 1:30- 3:30 p.m.
4. Wednesday, June 22, 2005, at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel,
Manatee/Marlin Room, 400 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, FL, 33004, 7-9 p.m.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
PLEASE NOTE NEW ADDRESS
Jennifer Ann Moore
Species of Concern/GIS
Natural Resource Specialist
NOAA Fisheries Service
Protected Resources Division
263 13th Ave. S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
jennifer.moore at noaa.gov
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