RSS Reef Hobby needs YOU: call for comments regarding ESA coral listing

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  1. MASA Admin

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    On December 7, 2012, NOAA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register (77 FR 73219) in response to a petition submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity to list 83 reef-building coral species as threatened or endangered under the ESA. NOAA concluded that 12 of the petitioned coral species warrant listing as endangered (5 Caribbean and 7 Indo-Pacific), 54 coral species warrant listing as threatened (2 Caribbean and 52 Indo-Pacific), and 16 coral species (all Indo-Pacific) do not warrant listing as threatened or endangered under the ESA. NOAA also determined that two Caribbean coral species currently listed warrant reclassification from threatened to endangered.

    Due to the broad regulatory powers granted under the ESA, the proposed listing could very well shut down aquarium import, sales, or trade of all Acropora, Montipora, Euphyllia and other corals, not just the species listed. The proposed listing would make no distinction between “wild collected,” “maricultured” or “aquacultured” corals.

    In other words, the proposed listing may very well prohibit and criminalize the transport and trade of all Acropora and Euphyllia species, (whether wild -collected, maricultured or captive-propagated, including those existing in hobbyists’ aquariums at the time the regulation goes into effect), included those traded at frag swaps or between individual hobbyists, but may also prohibit moving one of these corals from one tank to another, or even taking a colony out of an existing aquarium for treatment, ect., and replacing it in the same aquarium.

    Again, the way the ESA is enforced, there is a significant possibility that the proposed listing would be enforced, in effect, as to all corals in the respective genera, including all corals in the Acropora, Montipora, Euphyllia, Caulastrea, Pocillopora, Porities, Pavona, Pectina, Pachyseris and Seriatopra genera.

    The proposed listing is not appropriate for multiple reasons, but perhaps the most evident is that there is no scientific data, or substantially incomplete data, to list these species. There is insufficient data to establish that prohibiting collection and trade of these corals would positively impact the species. Also, NOAA and the National Marine Fisheries Service did not consider what impact the listing would have on these corals and coral reefs generally as a result of destruction of the trade on a local level, and the attendant resumption of destructive fishing practices and other deleterious activities by local populations.

    The specific aquarium corals that would be listed are:

    Proposed Endangered

    Pacific
    Acropora jacquelineae
    Acropora lokani -*20,000 leagues Acro
    Acropora rudis
    Anacropora spinosa
    Euphyllia paradivisa – Branching Frogspawn Coral
    Millepora foveolata
    Pocillopora elegans – E Pacific

    Proposed Threatened Species

    Pacific
    Acanthastrea brevis
    Acanthastrea hemprichii
    Acanthastrea ishigakiensis
    Acanthastrea regularis
    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
    Alveopora allingi
    Alveopora fenestrate
    Alveopora verrilliana
    Anacropora puertogalerae
    Astreopora cucullata
    Barabattoia laddi
    Caulastrea echinulata
    Euphyllia cristata
    Euphyllia paraancora – Branching Hammer Coral
    Isopora crateriformis
    Isopora cuneata
    Millepora tuberosa
    Montipora angulate
    Montipora australiensis
    Montipora calcarea
    Montipora caliculata
    Montipora dilatata/ flabellata/ turgescens
    Montipora lobulata
    Montipora patula/ verrilli
    Pachyseris rugosa
    Pavona diffluens
    Pectinia alcicornis – Spiny Cup Chalice Coral
    Physogyra lichtensteini
    Pocillopora danae
    Pocillopora elegans – Indo-Pacific
    Porites horizontalata
    Porites napopora
    Porites nigrescens
    Seriatopora aculeate

    On February 25, 2013, NOAA published a Notice in the Federal Register extending the time to submit public comments on NOAA’s proposal to list 12 coral species as “Endangered” and 54 coral species as “Threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. While PIJAC requested a 90-day extension and a D.C. public hearing, NOAA granted a 30-day extension until April 6, 2013.

    To register your opposition to this regulation:

    Electronic Submissions:*Click “Comment Now!” icon and complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

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    Postal Mail Submissions:
    Regulatory Branch Chief
    Protected Resources Division National Marine Fisheries Service Pacific Islands Regional Office 1601 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite 1110 Honolulu, HI 96814
    Attn: 82 Coral Species proposed listing
    or
    Assistant Regional Administrator Protected Resources Division National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office 263 13th Avenue South
    Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
    Attn: 82 Coral Species proposed listing

    Fax submissions:
    808-973-2941: Attn: Protected Resources Regulatory Branch Chief
    or
    727-824-5309: Attn: Protected Resources Assistant Regional Administrator

    Copies of relevant documents:

    Corals Proposed for Listing as Threatened or Endangered under the ESA - Office of Protected Resources - NOAA Fisheries

    http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2012/11/82corals.html

    US NOAA Coral Species Listing II_ALT

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    Regards,


    Murray W. Camp
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    :eek: Hope everone register your opposition to this regulation:

    Electronic Submissions:*Click “Comment Now!” icon and complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.


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