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NOAA Proposes Listing 66 Reef-building Coral Species
under the Endangered Species Act

NOAA Fisheries is proposing Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings for 66 coral species: 59 in the Pacific and 7 in the Caribbean.

·         In the Pacific, 7 species are proposed as endangered and 52 as threatened.

·         In the Caribbean, 5 are proposed as endangered and 2 as threatened.

In addition, we are proposing that 2 Caribbean species—elkhorn and staghorn corals—already listed under the ESA be reclassified from threatened to endangered.

All of these species are now considered "Proposed Species" under the ESA.

We will make a final determination as to whether any of the species warrant listing as threatened or endangered by November 30, 2013.

For more information on the Atlantic/Caribbean coral species please contact the Southeast Region

Documents

Press Release

12-month Finding Federal Register Notice

FAQs about the 12-month Finding and Proposed Rule

FAQs for Researchers

Distribution Maps for Southeast Proposed Corals

Biological Status Review Report - Examines the biology of, threats to,
and extinction risk of 82 coral species.

Management Report - Describes existing regulatory mechanisms and
ongoing conservation efforts to manage and conserve the 82 coral
species throughout the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific

Supplemental Information Report - Describes existing regulatory
mechanisms and ongoing conservation efforts to manage and
conserve the 82 coral species throughout the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific

Determination Tool and Guide - Describes existing regulatory mechanisms
and ongoing conservation efforts to manage and conserve the 82 coral
species throughout the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific

90-day Finding Initiating Status Review

Center for Biological Diversity Petition

 

How Do I?

Apply for a Research or Enhancement Permit?

Submit Comments, Data, and Information
after December 3, 2012

Attend a Public Hearing

Jurisdiction

Date and Time

Location


Florida


Monday
January 14, 2013
7-9 p.m.


Nova Southeastern University
Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystem Science
8000 North Ocean Drive
Dania Beach, FL

Tuesday
January 15, 2013
7-9 p.m.

John Pennekamp State Park Visitors Center
102601 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL


Wednesday
January 16, 2013
7-9 p.m.


Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
35 East Quay Road
Key West, FL

Puerto Rico


Monday
February 4, 2013
6-8 p.m.


Dept. of Natural and Environmental Resources
4th Floor Conference Room
Road 8838, km. 6.3, Sector El Cinco Río Piedras, Puerto Rico


Tuesday
February 5, 2013
6-8 p.m.


University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez Campus
Salas Eugene Francis, Physics Building, Room # 229
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

U.S. Virgin Islands


Wednesday
February 6, 2013
7-9 p.m.


Buck Island Reef National Monument
2100 Church Street, #100
Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands


Thursday
February 7, 2013
7-9 p.m.


Windward Passage Hotel
Veterans Drive
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

 

Species List

The NOAA Fisheries Southeast Region Protected Resources Division is responsible for the species in the Atlantic/Caribbean basin and the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Region Protected Resources Division is responsible for the species in the Pacific basin.

Atlantic/Caribbean Species

Proposed Endangered

Staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis)

Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata)

Pillar coral (Dendrogyra cylindrus)
       - Click here and download a high-resolution photo (Photo credit: NOAA)

Lobed star coral (Montastraea annularis)
       - Click here to download a high resolution photo (Photo credit: NOAA)

Mountainous star coral (Montastraea faveolata)
       - Click here to download a high resolution photo (Photo credit: NOAA)

Knobby star coral (Montastraea franksi) 
       - Click here to download a high resolution photo (Photo credit: NOAA)

Rough cactus coral (Mycetophyllia ferox)
      
- Click here to download a high resolution photo (Photo credit: NOAA)

Proposed Threatened Species

Lamarck's sheet coral (Agaricia lamarcki)
     - Click here to download a high resolution photo (Photo credit: NOAA)

Elliptical star coral (Dichocoenia stokesii)
     - Click here to download a high resolution photo (Photo credit: NOAA)

 

Pacific Species

Proposed Endangered

Millepora foveolata
Pocillopora elegans (E Pacific)
Acropora jacquelineae
Acropora lokani
Acropora rudis
Anacropora spinosa
Euphyllia paradivisa

 

Proposed Threatened

Millepora tuberosa
Pocillopora danae
Pocillopora elegans
(Indo-Pacific)
Seriatopora aculeate
Acropora aculeus
Acropora acuminate
Acropora aspera
Acropora dendrum
Acropora donei
Acropora globiceps
Acropora horrida
Acropora listeria
Acropora microclados
Acropora palmerae
Acropora paniculata
Acropora pharaonis
Acropora polystoma
Acropora retusa
Acropora speciosa
Acropora striata
Acropora tenella
Acropora vaughani
Acropora verweyi
Anacropora puertogalerae
Astreopora cucullata

Isopora crateriformis
Isopora cuneata
Montipora angulata
Montipora australiensis
Montipora calcarea
Montipora caliculata
Montipora dilatata/flabellata/turgescens
Montipora lobulata
Montipora patula/verrilli
Alveopora allingi
Alveopora fenestrate
Alveopora verrilliana
Porites horizontalata
Porites napopora
Porites nigrescens
Acanthastrea brevis
Acanthastrea hemprichii
Acanthastrea ishigakiensis
Acanthastrea regularis
Pachyseris rugosa
Pectinia alcicornis
Barabattoia laddi
Pavona diffluens
Caulastrea echinulata
Euphyllia cristata
Euphyllia paraancora
Physogyra lichtensteini



 





 

For additional information on this subject contact: Jennifer Moore (727) 824-5312

 


 

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