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Status Reviews


underwater photo of Atlantic salmon
Atlantic Salmon
(Salmo salar)
Photo: William Hartley, USFWS

Killer Whales
(Orcinus orca)
Photo: Robert Pitman, NOAA

smalltooth sawfish
Smalltooth Sawfish
(Pristis pectinata)
Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Loggerhead turtle
(Caretta caretta)
Photo: Marco Giuliano/ Fondazione Cetacea

White Abalone
White Abalone
(Haliotis sorenseni)
Photo: John Butler, NOAA

underwater close up of Johnson's seagrass in the vicinity of Sebastian Inlet, FL
Johnson's seagrass
(Halophila johnsonii)
Photo: Lori Morris

Status reviews are comprehensive assessments of a species' biological status and its threats, and are the basis for making determinations as to whether a species warrants listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) conducts status reviews for the following:

  1. Any species which it believes may warrant a listing under the ESA;
  2. Species of Concern for which enough information has been gathered;
  3. Species that have been petitioned for listing under the ESA by any citizen, provided that the petition presents substantial information indicating that listing may be warranted;
  4. Species already listed under the ESA on a periodic basis to ensure that the listing status is appropriate, usually done through 5-Year Reviews

Status Review Reports

Marine Turtles

Marine Mammals

Marine & Anadromous Fishes

Marine Plants and Invertebrates

*NMFS determined that these species did not warrant listing as threatened or endangered under the ESA.

**NMFS' initial non-warranted determination was changed as a result of a revised status review.

Updated: August 7, 2014

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