Comment Opportunity for Coral Status Report and Draft Management Report
Thanks to Reef Resilience for the following details. For more background, please see EcoAdapt's case study, Proposed Listing of Coral Reef Species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
NOAA Invites Comment on Coral Status Review Report and Draft Management Report
As part of our ongoing process to evaluate 82 species of coral from the Caribbean and Pacific for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), NOAA is inviting public review of two reports, a scientific Status Review Report http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2012/04/docs/exec_sum_and_intro_corals_status%20review%20report.pdf and a draft Management Report http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2012/04/docs/exec%20summ_corals_draft%20management%20report.pdf.
Our review of these 82 species of corals has been the most complex ESA listing process NOAA Fisheries has ever undertaken. NOAA will use the additional input to ensure that the best scientific information available will be considered as we develop our 12-month finding. Please note that releasing these documents is not a part of the normal rulemaking process it is an engagement process that allows us to be transparent and open in our decision making. Should NOAA Fisheries determine that a listing is warranted, we will publish a proposed rule in December 2012 for additional public comment.
The public review process began on April 13, 2012, and ends on July 31, 2012. Instructions on how to submit comments and/or information is listed below.
*What Additional Information is NOAA Interested In?*
We are particularly interested in receiving information on the following:
* Relevant scientific information collected or produced since the completion of the Status Review Report in 2011, or any relevant scientific information not included in the Report.
* Relevant management information not included in the draft Management Report.
As part of this review, NOAA also plans to host two regional public listening sessions and two scientific workshops focused on corals this summer. The specific dates, times, and location for the regional listening sessions and scientific workshops will be announced in May.
Status Review Report this report examines the biology of, threats to, and extinction risk of 82 coral species.
Executive Summary: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2012/04/docs/exec_sum_and_intro_corals_status%20review%20report.pdf of Status Review Report of 82 Candidate Coral Species (pdf)
Status Review Report of 82 Candidate Coral Species (pdf) Note: This file is 35MB.
Draft Management Report - this report describes existing regulatory mechanisms and ongoing conservation efforts to manage and conserve the 82 coral species throughout the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific.
Executive Summary: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2012/04/docs/exec%20summ_corals_draft%20management%20report.pdf of Draft Management Review document (pdf)
Full Document: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2012/04/docs/full%20doc_corals_draft%20management%20report.pdf Draft Management Review document (pdf) Note: This file is 2.3 MB.
Federal Register Notice http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2012/04/docs/corals%20fed_reg_%20041212.pdf
Center for Independent Experts reports
- Review team Response http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2012/04/docs/brt_responses_to_cie_comments.pdf
*How to Submit Comments*
You may submit comments on the Status Review Report and the draft Management Report and/or additional papers, reports, and information by any of the following methods. If possible, comments should be grouped according to the heading of the relevant section of the reports.
- Electronic Submission - submit all electronic information via electronic mail to: NMFS.82Corals@noaa.gov
- Mail - submit written comments to:
Regulatory Branch Chief
Protected Resources Division
Attn: 82 coal species
National Marine Fisheries Service
Pacific Islands Regional Office
1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 1110
Honolulu, HI 96814
- or -
Assistant Regional Administrator for Protected Resources
Attn: 82 coral species
National Marine Fisheries Service
Southeast Regional Office
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701