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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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ESA recovery efforts: smalltooth sawfish and loggerhead sea turtles

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74 Fed. Reg. 3566 / Vol. 74, No. 12 / Wednesday, January 21, 2009 / DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plan for the Distinct Population Segment of the smalltooth sawfish

SUMMARY:  The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the availability of the recovery plan for the U.S. Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) as required by the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA).

Sawfish use their saws as a weapon to kill and capture prey, and also as a sensory organ in murky water or to detect buried prey.  Photo, caption, and other information re: smalltooth sawfish from NOAA


74 Fed. Reg. 2995 / Vol. 74, No. 11 / Friday, January 16, 2009 / DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service / Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plans; Recovery Plan for the Northwest Atlantic Population of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle

SUMMARY: We, NMFS and USFWS, announce the availability of the revised Recovery Plan for the Northwest Atlantic Population of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta). The revised recovery plan includes specific recovery objectives and criteria to be met in order to delist this species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act).

EXCERPT: For the Peninsular Florida Recovery Unit, annual nest totals averaged 64,513 nests from 1989-2007. An analysis of index nesting beach survey data has shown a decline in nesting. Results of the analysis indicated that there has been a decrease of 26% over the 20-year period from 1989-2008 and a 41% decline since 1998. The mean annual rate of decline for the 20-year period was 1.6%.  ...  However, there is statistical confidence (95%) that the annual rate of increase over a generation time of 50 years is statistically detectable (1%) resulting in a total annual number of nests of 106,100 or greater for this recovery unit.

Photo of a loggerhead sea turtle escaping a trawl net through a turtle excluder devise from NOAA's Office of Protected Resources.