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®: CRE Regulatory Action of the Week

NMFS Holding Listening Sessions and Science Workshops on whether to List Coral Species under the ESA
The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service is holding public listening sessions and science workshops related to NMFS' status review of 82 coral species in response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity to list coral species as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The purposes of the listening sessions are to explain to the public the process and information we are using to decide whether listing one or more of the 82 corals species is warranted, and to allow opportunity for the public to provide NMFS with additional information that may further inform that decision. The purpose of the science workshops is to provide the opportunity for additional individual expert advice and public input on the science relevant to our decision concerning the 82 species of coral being considered for listing under the ESA. The public listening sessions and science workshops will be held in June 2012. For specific dates and times, click here.