Category Archives: Endangered Species Act (ESA)

NMFS Moves Ahead with Endangered Listing for Three Corals

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will move forward with listing three coral species as “Endangered” under the Endangered Species Act, according to a document obtained from NMFS staff today. The three coral species are Cantharellus noumeae, Siderastrea glynni and Tubastraea floreana. In … Continue reading

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No ESA Listing for Orange Clownfish

The National Marine Fisheries Service announced today that they will not list the orange clownfish (Amphiprion percula) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) at this time. The orange clownfish, better known to the general public as Nemo … Continue reading

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NMFS Solicits Public Comment on Protective Regulations for Listed Coral Species

Today the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s (NOAA) National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) officially began soliciting public input as they consider developing a section 4(d) rule for the 20 species of coral recently listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). “Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and … Continue reading

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Aquarium Industry Lobbying Group Updates Webpage to Remove Misinformation

The Pet Industry Joint Advisor Council (PIJAC) updated its Aquatic Defense Fund webpage earlier this month to correct or remove much of the misinformation previously published on the lobbying group’s landing page for the aquarium industry. As a lobbying group, PIJAC … Continue reading

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First Corals to be Listed as Endangered Under the ESA?

Today the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposed listing three species of coral as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). If the proposed rule stands, Cantharellus noumeae, Siderastrea glynni and Tubastraea floreana will become the first coral species to be listed … Continue reading

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NMFS Proposes to List Banggai Cardinalfish under Endangered Species Act

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 … Continue reading

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PIJAC Condemns “Eaten Alive” but Still Misfires on Aquarium Trade

In a statement issued yesterday, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) condemned the Discovery Channel’s recently aired special “Eaten Alive,” saying: The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) condemns the recent airing of Discovery’s Eaten Alive special in which an … Continue reading

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Trafficking in Protected Species Sends Two Florida Men to Jail

Yesterday, two Florida men were sent to prison over wildlife trafficking in state and federally protected reptiles. While this case did not involve fishes, it points to ongoing problems with the wildlife trade and suggest why some would rather just see it … Continue reading

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President and CEO of PIJAC Continues Spread of Disinformation

The president and CEO of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), Ed Sayres, attended the Aquatic Experience this past weekend and blogged about it on Monday. In his blog entry, Sayres asks, “[W]hy is the aquatics community under attack by … Continue reading

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The Big Picture – Freedom, Collaboration and Vigilance in the Name of Conservation

It’s high time that we recognize that our freedom and our biodiversity are linked together. We cannot have an abundance of the former without an abundance of the latter. – H. Bruce Rinker Dr. H. Bruce Rinker’s most recent offering in … Continue reading

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