The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has completed its 12-month finding for seven marine species, and tomorrow will publish a proposed rule to list six of them (including the Banggai cardinalfish) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). “We have determined that, based on the best scientific and commercial data available, and after taking into account efforts being made to protect the species, Pterapogon kauderni, and Centrophorus harrissoni meet the definition of a threatened species,” NMFS states in a document that will publish in the Federal Register on 16 December. The other four species proposed to be listed–Aipysurus fuscus, Cantharellus noumeae, Siderastrea glynni, and Tubastraea floreana–are proposed to be listed as endangered species. The seventh species covered in this 12-month finding (a distinct population segment of Sousa chinensis) is not proposed for listing. NMFS is not proposing to designate any critical habitat at this time because the six species are not found in any waters within U.S. jurisdiction. NMFS will seek comments on the proposal for 60 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register. Stay tuned to the Good Catch Blog for more information and an in-depth article tomorrow in CORAL Magazine.
The Seven Species Covered in the 12-Month Finding
- Sousa chinensis – Eastern Taiwan Strait population of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin*
- Aipysurus fuscus – dusky sea snake
- Pterapogon kauderni – Banggai cardinalfish
- Centrophorus harrissoni – Harrisson’s dogfish
- Cantharellus noumeae
- Siderastrea glynni
- Tubastraea floreana
* NMFS concluded the Eastern Taiwan Strait population of Sousa chinensis is not a distinct population segment (DPS) and therefore does not qualify for listing under the ESA.