[Coral-List] 82 Corals Status Review under the US Endangered Species Act (reply to Fenner)

Steve Mussman sealab at earthlink.net
Thu Jun 7 18:34:00 EDT 2012

Don’t understand Gene’s objection to a petition 
to list 82 corals under the US Endangered Species 
Act and his denunciation of Doug's thoughtful reaction.
After all, there are specific criteria that must be met 
and an intensive process followed before a warranted 
finding can be issued and a final determination made. 
If nothing else, the petition would draw public attention 
to the plight of our coral reefs; something most would 
argue is sorely needed. As to how listing in and of itself
will prevent extinction or further decline, there are no 
guarantees, but consider the record as it applies to other
species previously classified and headed for recovery.


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