[Coral-List] Proposed Critical Habitat for Corals

Sarah Heberling Sarah.Heberling at noaa.gov
Fri Feb 29 16:11:47 EST 2008

Hello All -

Just a reminder that next week, NOAA Fisheries Service will be holding 
public comment hearings on the proposed critical designations for 
threatened elkhorn and staghorn corals (see below for location details).

Additionally, the map of the proposed Florida critical habitat area 
printed in the /Federal Register/ on February 6, 2008 is incorrect; 
however, the textual description provided is correct and Florida Bay is 
NOT part of the proposed critical habitat designation for threatened 
corals.  A correction will be published in the /Federal Register/ in the 
near future.  Please see the Critical Habitat FAQs here: 
or contact either Jennifer Moore or me if you would like the correct 
version emailed to you, prior to the correction publishing.

Thank you and I hope to see all of you at the critical habitat public 
comment hearings next week.

Sarah Heberling wrote:
> Greetings!!
> NOAA Fisheries Service proudly announces the publication of the 
> proposed critical habitat designations for threatened elkhorn and 
> staghorn corals in today's /Federal Register/.  We identified 
> approximately 4,931 square miles of marine habitat in Florida, Puerto 
> Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands as critical habitat for threatened 
> corals.  Details about the designation are provided in the /Federal 
> Register/ notice for the proposed rule, which can be found on our 
> website at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/esa/acropora.htm.  On our 
> website, you will also find Frequently Asked Questions, a press 
> release, and supporting documents for the proposed designation.  If 
> you would like hard copies of any of these documents mailed to you, 
> please contact me (see contact information below).
> The comment period for this action closes on _May 6, 2008_, and public 
> comment hearings will be held in the following locations:
> 1.  Tuesday, March 4, 2008, 7 PM to 9 PM, IGFA Events Hall, 300 Gulf 
> Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida.
> 2.  Wednesday, March 5, 2008, 7 PM to 9 PM, Marathon Government 
> Center, 2798 Overseas Highway, Marathon, Florida.
> 3.  Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 6 PM to 8 PM, Administration and 
> Conference Center (ACC), 1st Floor Conference Room, University of the 
> Virgin Islands, #2 John Brewer's Bay,
>    St. Thomas, USVI.
>   /Simulcast Location on St. Croix:/ The Great Hall, Room #134, 
> University of the Virgin Islands, RR 1, Box 10000 Kingshill, St. 
> Croix, USVI.
> 4.  Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 7 PM to 9 PM, 4th Floor Conference 
> Room, Environmental Building, Cruz Matos, State Road #838, km. 6.3, 
> Sector El Cinco, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.
> Cheers,
> Sarah

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