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florida gators... never threatened!

If you ain't a Gator, you should be! Alligators (and endangered crocs) are important indicator species atop their food chains, with sensitivity to pollution and pesticides akin to humans. See ESA blawg. Gator blood could be our pharmaceutical future, too. See ESA musing.


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KEVIN S. PETTITT helped found this blawg. A D.C.-based IT consultant specializing in Lotus Notes & Domino, he also maintains Lotus Guru blog.

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NOAA Notices: the extinct caribbean monk seal,

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73 Fed. Reg. 63901 (Oct. 28, 2008) / DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / 50 CFR Part 224 / ocket No. 080320453–8705–01RIN 0648–XG60 / Endangered and Threatened Species; Final Rule to Remove the Caribbean Monk Seal From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife

Photo of Caribbean monk seal from NOAA.

SUMMARY: We, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), publish this final rule to remove the Caribbean monk seal (Monachus tropicalis) from the list of endangered marine and anadromous species at 50 CFR 224.101 due to extinction of the species. We have reviewed the status of this species and determined that removal of the protections of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the Caribbean monk seal is warranted. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) concurred with our recommendation to delist this species in a letter dated October 17, 2008.


73 Fed. Reg. 64264 (Wednesday, October 29, 2008) / DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / 50 CFR Part 223 ocket No. 070801431–81370–02 RIN 0648–AU92 / Endangered and Threatened Species; Conservation of Threatened Elkhorn and Staghorn Corals

SUMMARY: We, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), publish this final rule to apply all the prohibitions enumerated in section 9(a)(1) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to elkhorn (Acropora palmata) and staghorn (A. cervicornis) corals, with limited exceptions for two specified classes of activities that contribute to the conservation of the listed corals. We have determined that extending these prohibitions with two exceptions is necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of the species.

EXCERPT: Based on the status of the species and the threats affecting them, we believe that the ESA section 9(a)(1) prohibitions are necessary and advisable for the conservation of threatened elkhorn and staghorn corals. We believe that the prohibitions are not necessary and advisable in specific circumstances, and we are providing two exceptions for scientific research and enhancement and restoration activities, when conducted by specified entities under specified legal authorities.