[Coral-List] Caribbean Acropora spp. and Scientific Research

Sarah Heberling Sarah.Heberling at noaa.gov
Wed Mar 25 15:45:21 EDT 2009

Hello Coral-Listers:

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' 
continued survival.

To clarify:
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
Web: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/esa/acropora.htm

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