[Coral-List] Impact of listing 66 coral species on coral research

BRUCE CARLSON exallias2 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 14 12:55:24 EST 2012

I may have missed some of the comments and questions relating to the "list of 66", so my apologies if this question has already been discussed.  The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service inspects shipments of live corals when they arrive at ports of entry.  How are they supposed to recognize the Acropora species that appear on the list?  The same problem could arise for other corals on the list.  If they can't identify them correctly, is this list enforceable?  Or will it be enforceable only by making it nearly impossible to import any corals to be sure no threatened or endangered species are in the shipments?

Bruce Carlson

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