Fish and Wildlife Service Conducts Five-Year Status Reviews of 14 Caribbean Species
August 17, 2016
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct five-year status reviews of 12 endangered and two threatened species occurring in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands. The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before October 18, 2016.
These five-year reviews will ensure listing classifications under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are accurate. In addition to reviewing the classification of these species, a five--year review presents an opportunity to track the species’ recovery progress. It may benefit species by providing valuable information to guide future conservation efforts. Information gathered during a review can assist in making funding decisions, consideration related to reclassifying species status, conducting interagency consultations, making permitting decisions, and determining whether to update recovery plans, and other actions under the ESA.
This notice announces a review of two birds, two boas, and eight plants currently listed as endangered: Yellow-shouldered blackbird, Puerto Rican plain pigeon, Puerto Rican boa, Virgin Islands boa, and the plants Auerodendron pauciflorum, Catesbaea melanocarpa, Elaphoglossum serpens, Mitracarpus maxwelliae, M. polycladus, Polystichum calderonense, Tectaria estremerana, and bariaco (Trichilia triacantha).
Two Grenada County Men Pled Guilty To The Illegal Sale of Game Fish
August 1, 2016
OXFORD, MS — Felicia C. Adams, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, and Luis Santiago, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, announced that:
Roger Lee Reed, 56, of Holcomb, Mississippi, and John Randle, 80, of Grenada, Mississippi, plead guilty before United States Magistrate Judge David A. Sanders, in Aberdeen, Mississippi, on July 29, 2016, and June 30, 2016, respectively, to one count each of the sale of game fish, including crappie, in violation of state and federal law. Curtis V. Brown, 73, of Coffeeville, Mississippi, was convicted on June 30, 2016, following a bench trial before Magistrate Judge Sanders of one count of the sale of game fish, including crappie, in violation of state and federal law.
Following their convictions, each defendant was sentenced to a term of probation of two (2) years and ordered to pay a fine of $975.00 each. As a condition of their probation, each defendant will be prohibited from hunting or fishing in any manner or any location for a period of one (1) year and each defendant will likewise be prohibited from entering any Corps of Engineers property for a period of two (2) years. Reed will also be prohibited from entering any National Wildlife Refuge property for a period of two (2) years.
UCF to Establish Permanent Sea Turtle Research Field Station on Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge
July 27, 2016
ORLANDO, FL — The University of Central Florida and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have reached a historic agreement that will establish a permanent conservation research facility along the Brevard County coastline.
UCF has run a sea turtle monitoring and research program on the beaches of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in southern Brevard County for more than 30 years. UCF findings about sea turtle behavior are among the reasons the refuge was created in 1990. In recent years, UCF biologists and their students have used facilities at the refuge as a base from which they do most of their work, which includes early morning and overnight beach surveys.
The new agreement gives the university more control and responsibility for the existing structures onsite, establishes a protocol that will allow UCF to build research facilities and a plan that will give UCF oversight of the facilities for 40 years or more.
“This agreement cements a decades-old partnership between the University of Central Florida and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” said College of Sciences Dean Michael Johnson, who worked with a team from the college to make the agreement happen. “I am thrilled at the opportunity that this gives us to shape the future science of marine turtle conservation.”
Corps and Service Agree On Actions for Conserving Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow and Restoring Balance to Everglades Ecosystem
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Last updated: August 22, 2016