Posted by: reefrescue | November 30, 2012

Feds recommend 66 species of coral for ESA protection

NOAA today proposed  that 66 species of coral should be newly protected under the Endangered Species Act, 12 as “Endangered” and 54 as  “Threatened”.

Fifty nine species are found in the Pacific and seven in Florida and the Caribbean. Of the Florida/Caribbean species five are recommended for Endangered status and two as Threatened (see graphic below).

In addition, NOAA proposes elevating the already listed elkhorn and staghorn corals from Threatened to Endangered.

This proposed listing is not yet final. NOAA is asking for comments from all interested parties. The public has 90 days to provide additional comments, which will be considered before NOAA issues its final decision. There are several ways to participate including:

  • Submit a public comment online. Go to and enter NOAA-NMFS-2010-0036 into the keyword search.
  • Attend one of the public hearings in the Pacific islands or Southeast regions to be held in January and February 2013. Details for these hearings are listed in the Federal Register Notice.
  • Join the national stakeholder webinar on December 19, 2012, at 4:00PM EST. NOAA will post details when available.

NOAA7AtlanticProposedclick for larger image

See NOAA proposed rule

Federal Register Notice


  1. Nice post . Thank. i ll must share it .

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