Draft Recovery Plan for Two Coral Species Addresses Offshore Oil & Gas

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced that it is seeking comments by Monday, October 20 on a draft recovery plan for elkhorn and staghorn coral, both of which have been listed as threatened since 2006. The draft recovery plan notes that “there are likely” few areas where elkhorn and staghorn corals may possibly… More »


NMFS Discusses Offshore Oil & Gas in IHA for Atlantic Seismic Survey

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recently announced its issuance of an Incidental Harassment Authorization to the U.S. Geological Survey, Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and National Science Foundation to take 34 species of marine mammals by Level B harassment while conducting a 2-D seismic survey at water depths of 4,593-17,716 feet in EEZ and… More »


NOAA Lists 20 Coral Species as Threatened

NOAA has announced its decision to issue a final rule listing 20 coral species as threatened (and maintaining threatened status for 2 other coral species) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  NOAA previously proposed to list 14 coral species as endangered (including reclassification of 2 currently listed threatened species as endangered) and 54 as threatened. … More »


Proposed Aquaculture Rule Addresses Potential Conflicts with Oil and Gas

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced that it is seeking comments by Monday, October 27 on a proposed rule establishing a comprehensive regulatory program to implement the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s plan for regulating offshore aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico. NMFS notes that the agency’s Southeast Regional Administrator (RA) may… More »