Comment Period Open on Proposed Coral Species Listings under Endangered Species Act

In October 2009, the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service to list 83 coral species as threatened or endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act because of threats such as bleaching, pollution, disease, climate change, and ocean acidification. Eighty-two of the proposed 83 species were deemed qualified for listing under the ESA by the NMFS in 2010; since then, the NMFS has been reviewing science and soliciting research on these 82 species. To read more background, please see our case study, Proposed Listing of Coral Reef Species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act

NMFS is now soliciting comments on two reports related to the listings, touted as the "most complex ESA listing process [NMFS] has ever undertaken":
The public review period runs until July 31, 2012. Comments may be submitted through email to or postal mail 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
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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