[Coral-List] Fw: Fwd: Proposed Coral Listing

Douglas Fenner douglasfennertassi at gmail.com
Tue Jan 8 02:56:54 EST 2013


    NOAA is actually not only aware of captive propagation to save
endangered species, they actually play an active role along with several
partners in a project to save the only marine invertebrate the US has ever
listed as an endangered species, white abalone, located in California.
They say on their web page:

"Aquaculture techniques such as captive breeding can be an effective tool
to support populations of imperiled species. NOAA and its partners are
supporting a captive breeding program at the University of California -
Davis’s Bodega Marine Lab. Using aquaculture techniques, the program seeks
to reliably produce captive-bred animals that will be used to establish a
self-sustaining population in the wild."

   The web page is at


I thank Steve Mussman for pointing this out to me.

Cheers,  Doug

On Sat, Dec 29, 2012 at 5:04 AM, Steve Mussman <sealab at earthlink.net> wrote:

>  ******
> Jon,******
> Again, your concerns are candid and well-defined, but regardless of how
> this plays out you will not be the only one affected. If it were my
> business, I would want to get ahead of the curve and prepare accordingly.
> It doesn’t seem logical that captive coral propagation programs would be
> unconditionally forced out of business as there are still a number of other
> species to turn to that are not being considered for listing. Although I
> take Michael Tlusty’s perspective to heart, Alina has made it clear that
> coral mariculture is generally considered beneficial.  I imagine that
> coal mining operators have greater concerns when strategies to reduce CO2
> emissions are considered since their acclaimed clean coal technologies have
> yet to be proven viable.
> Since the NOAA Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office (SERO)
> Protected Resources Division is the agency developing the rules and all
> subsequent management actions for already threatened elkhorn and staghorn
> corals why not contact Jennifer Moore for her input (jennifer.moore at
> noaa.gov <coral-list%40coral.aoml.noaa.gov?Subject=Re:%20%5BCoral-List%5D%20Impact%20of%20listing%2066%20coral%20species%20on%20coral%0A%09research&In-Reply-To=%3CCAB7bpV7N9Kk0jACC39rdUhjP8Eqz4-LavL9MFUc%2B9AErsO1CFA%40mail.gmail.com%3E>).
>  She has been very openly involved in this discussion and would likely be
> very helpful in providing the specific information you seek.
>  Regards,****
>  Steve****
> -----Forwarded Message-----
> From: Jon Skrapits <jon at treasurecoastcorals.com>
> Date: Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 6:48 AM
> Subject: [Coral-List] Proposed Coral Listing
> To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
> I just went over the list of proposed species and I currently house and
> aquaculture 28 of them. I can see how if we ban the importation of these
> animals the cost of them will sky rocket unless the gov. gets ideas to
> confiscate them. I am fairly nervous about my business and what the final
> outcome of this will be. I am able keep these animals alive with little
> effort yet the ocean is killing them and we should leave them there? It
> doesn't make sense.
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