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Pocillopora eleganscan be cream, brown-green, or pink and found in the West, Central, or East Pacific Ocean. This species has suffered severe bleaching episodes from El Niño conditions in the eastern Pacific. Photo Credit: Arkive, Guido & Philippe Poppe 

How to Submit Comments

You may submit comments on the Status Review Report and the draft Management Report and/or additional papers, reports, and information by any of the following methods. If possible, comments should be grouped according to the heading of the relevant section of the reports.

  • Electronic Submission— submit all electronic information via electronic mail to: 

  • Mail—submit written comments to: 
    Regulatory Branch Chief  
    Protected Resources Division
    Attn: 82 coal species
    National Marine Fisheries Service
    Pacific Islands Regional Office
    1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 1110
    Honolulu, HI  96814
                        - or -
    Assistant Regional Administrator for 
    Protected Resources  
    Attn: 82 coral species
    National Marine Fisheries Service
    Southeast Regional Office
    263 13th Avenue South
    St. Petersburg, FL  33701

  • Fax—808-973-2941; Attn: Protected Resources Regulatory Branch Chief, or 727-824-5309; Attn: Assistant Regional Administrator for Protected Resources

Porites napopora has broad basal colonies with irregular clumps of tapered and fused branches. It is found in shallow reef environments in the West and Central Pacific Ocean. Photo Credit: Arkive, Charlie Veron



Public Review Ends July 31, 2012

July 17, 2012: As part of our ongoing process to evaluate 82 species of coral from the Caribbean and Pacific for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), NOAA is inviting public review of two reports, a scientific Status Review Report and a draft Management Report. Our review of these 82 species of corals has been the most complex ESA listing process NOAA Fisheries has ever undertaken. NOAA will use the additional input to ensure that the best scientific information available will be considered as we develop our 12-month finding. Please note that releasing these documents is not a part of the normal rulemaking process – it is an engagement process that allows us to be transparent and open in our decision making. Should NOAA Fisheries determine that a listing is warranted, we will publish a proposed rule in December 2012 for additional public comment.    

Corals Reports

Status Review Report of 82 Candidate Coral Species this report examines the biology of, threats to, and extinction risk of 82 coral species.

Draft Management Report – this report describes existing regulatory mechanisms and ongoing conservation efforts to manage and conserve the 82 coral species throughout the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific.

Important Dates
The public review process began on April 13, 2012, and ends on July 31, 2012.  Instructions on how to submit comments and/or information is listed to the right.

Materials from Engagement Opportunities
As part of this review, NOAA hosted two regional public listening sessions and two scientific workshops focused on corals in June 2012. Information from the regional listening sessions and scientific workshops are listed in the box below.

Science Workshops

Pacific Islands Science Workshop Presentations
June 18, 2012
in Honolulu, HI.
Click here for materials.

Atlantic/Caribbean Science Workshop Presentations
June 27, 2012
in Dania Beach, FL.
Click here for materials.

Listening Sessions

Pacific Islands Listening Session
June 25, 2012
: 6–9 p.m., Honolulu, HI.

Atlantic/Caribbean Listening Session
June 28, 2012
: 4–7 p.m., Dania Beach, FL. 

Other Materials