Posted by: reefrescue | January 9, 2011

NOAA Considers Listing Atlantic Sturgeon under Endangered Species Act

January 8, 2011 – NOAA’s Fisheries Service announced that it will consider listing Atlantic sturgeon as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The latest status review, which identified five Atlantic sturgeon populations off the U.S. East Coast, found that the most significant threats to the species’ continued survival were unintended catch, vessel strikes, poor water quality, lack of regulatory mechanisms for protecting the fish, and dredging. It also recommended that specific sturgeon populations centered in the New York Bight, Chesapeake Bay and off the Carolinas should be listed, but made no particular recommendation on listing those in the Gulf of Maine and the south Atlantic.

An Endangered Species listing would increase protection for the sturgeon by making it illegal to “take” (harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, collect, or attempt to do these things) the species, in addition to the current prohibition on catching it. Similar prohibitions usually extend to threatened species.

You may submit comments, information or data, identified by the Regulation Identifier Number (RIN), 0648‑XT28, by any of the following methods:

Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal.

Mail:  Assistant Regional Administrator, Protected Resources Division, NOAA Fisheries, Northeast Regional Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930 (for Atlantic sturgeon populations occurring in the Northeast); or Assistant Regional Administrator, Protected Resources Division, NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL  33701 (for Atlantic sturgeon populations occurring in the Southeast).

Facsimile (fax):  978-281-9394 (for Atlantic sturgeon populations occurring in the Northeast); 727-824-5309 (for Atlantic sturgeon populations occurring in the Southeast).

Read more: http://www.oceanleadership.org/2010/noaa-considers-listing-atlantic-sturgeon-as-endangered-or-threatened

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