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Coral Permits for Scientific Research and Enhancement
Photo: NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
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?
However, please note that:
- depending on the location of your coral research activities, you may need other permits from other federal (e.g., National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries), state, or local agencies. We encourage you to communicate with the agencies where your activities will be performed.
- to import or export parts and samples of corals, you may need a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) permit. For more information about CITES, please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Division of Management Authority.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org with "Subscribe" in the subject line.
Updated: October 21, 2014