[Coral-List] Proposed rule to list Acropora spp. as threatened under the ESA

Jennifer Moore 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 
methods: <>

    * <>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.


Jennifer Ann Moore
Species of Concern/GIS
Natural Resource Specialist
NOAA Fisheries Service
Protected Resources Division
263 13th Ave. S.
St. Petersburg, FL  33701
(727)824-5312 phone
(727)824-5309 fax
jennifer.moore at noaa.gov


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