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Coral Permits for Scientific Research and Enhancement

There are 22 coral species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). No corals are listed as endangered.

Which permits do I need to do research or enhancement activities with elkhorn and staghorn corals?

Please see our Coral Guide to determine the permit(s) you need [pdf], based on the ESA Section 4(d) rule [pdf] (73 FR 64264, effective 11/28/2008) in place for elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) and staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis).

Which permits do I need to do research or enhancement activities with other threatened corals?

You do not need a NOAA Fisheries ESA Section 10(a)(1)(A) permit at this time to research other threatened corals

However, please note that:

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If you would like to be updated on any changes to coral permitting requirements under the ESA, please subscribe to our mailing list by emailing NMFS.coral.permits@noaa.gov with "Subscribe" in the subject line.

Updated: October 21, 2014