National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration September 20, 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents
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Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Notice of 6-Month Extension of the Final Rulemaking To List 66 Species of Coral as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act and Reclassify Acropora cervicornis and Acropora palmata From Threatened to Endangered
We, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), published on December 7, 2012, a proposed rule to list 66 species of reef-building corals (59 in the Pacific and seven in the Caribbean) and to re- classify two species already listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) from threatened to endangered and requesting information related to the proposed action. We are announcing a 6-month extension of the deadline for final determinations for all of the 68 proposed corals. Based on comments received during the public comment period, we find that substantial disagreement exists regarding the sufficiency and accuracy of the data and analyses relevant to the 68 proposed listing determinations. Accordingly, we are extending the deadline for the final listing decisions for 6 months to solicit additional data. We believe that allowing an additional 6 months to evaluate and assess the best scientific and commercial data available would better inform our final listing determinations.
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of its 114th Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), Hawaii Archipelago/Pacific Remote Island Areas (PRIA) Standing Committee, Mariana Archipelago Standing Committee, American Samoa Archipelago Standing Committee, Fishery Rights of Indigenous People Standing Committee, Enforcement and Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) Standing Committee, Program Planning and Research Standing Committee, Pelagic and International/Protected Species Standing Committee, Executive and Budget Standing Committee, and 158th Council to take actions on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of the ABC Control Working Group (SSC) and Standing and Special Reef Fish Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC).