Posted by: reefrescue | January 24, 2013

Fed’s sued for falling short on Florida coral protection

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) filed a lawsuit on January 23rd, against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for failing to develop a recovery plan for elkhorn and staghorn corals as required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Once the predominant reef building species in Florida and the Caribbean, 90% of elkhorn and staghorn corals have died in the last 25 years. In danger of becoming extinct, the federal government afforded ESA protection to both coral species in 2006.

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The CBD alleges NMFS has failed to comply with all ESA mandates. The ESA requires that once a species is listed a plan must be developed to identify the actions necessary for recovery. These species have been severely impacted by bleaching from increasing ocean temperatures, disease, pollution, coastal construction and impacts from ocean acidification. A recovery plan must be developed to address these threats.

 

 

CBD Press Release: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2013/corals-01-23-2013.html

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