NMFS Proposes ESA Regs for Experimental Population Designations

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service has announced that it is seeking comments on its proposal to establish definitions and procedures for establishing and/or designating certain populations of species otherwise listed as endangered or threatened as experimental populations, determining whether experimental populations are essential or non-essential, and issuing protective measures for experimental populations. Under Section 10(j)… More »

NMFS Extends Comment Period on Proposed Revisions to ESA Green Sea Turtle Listing

The National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced a re-extension of the comment period on their proposal to replace the current range-wide “threatened” Endangered Species Act designation for the green sea turtle (currently listed as endangered for the Florida and Mexican Pacific coast breeding populations) with a listing of 11… More »

Comments Sought on Revised Draft Guidance on Acoustic Guidelines

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service recently announced that it is seeking comments on revised draft guidance for assessing the effects of human-generated sound (including oil and gas exploration) on marine mammal species under NOAA jurisdiction.  NMFS notes that this is the first time that acoustic threshold levels have been presented in a single document that… More »