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Fish and Wildlife Service Conducts Five-year Status Review for Roseate Tern

Roseate tern.  Credit: Jorge Saliva, USFWS

Roseate tern. Credit: Jorge Saliva, USFWS

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April 5, 2010


Southeast Contacts:
Tom MacKenzie,, 404/679-7291
Puerto Rico-Lilibeth Serrano,, 787-851-7297, ext. 239

Northeast Contacts:
Diana Weaver,, 413-253-8329
Michael Amaral,, 603-223-2541, ext. 23


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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces it is conducting a five-year status review for the roseate tern throughout the entire area where it is listed.

A prior notice, issued in 2008, indicated that the Service was only conducting a status review of the roseate tern’s northeastern population. However, the Service is actually reviewing the species’ status throughout its entire range. The roseate tern is currently listed as endangered in the United States along the Atlantic Coast south to North Carolina, and includes Canada (in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Quebec) and Bermuda, as well. The roseate tern is listed as threatened in Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and adjacent oceans.

Five-year reviews are conducted to ensure that listing classifications under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are accurate. Any interested party is invited to provide information and comments pertaining to these populations. Written comments and information related to these five-year reviews must be received on or before June 4, 2010.

Specifically, the review seeks information on: (1) species biology, including population trends, distribution, abundance, demographics, and genetics; (2) habitat conditions, including amount, distribution, and suitability; (3) conservation measures that have been implemented; (4) threat status and trends; and (5) other new information, data, or corrections, including taxonomic or nomenclatural changes; identification of erroneous information contained in the ESA list; and improved analytical methods. Comments and materials received will be available for public inspection by appointment.

In addition to reviewing the classification of these populations, 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, conducting interagency consultations, making permitting decisions, and determining whether to update recovery plans, and other actions under the ESA.

The Federal Register notice announcing the status review is available on-line at

Written comments and information on the roseate tern where listed as threatened may be e-mailed to, or sent via regular mail to Marelisa Rivera, Caribbean Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 491, Boqueron, Puerto Rico, 00622.

Written comments and information on the roseate tern where listed as endangered may be e-mailed to, or sent via regular mail to Michael Amaral, New England Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 70 Commercial Street, Suite 300, Concord, New Hampshire, 03301.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Please visit the Service’s websites at,, or


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Last updated: April 6, 2010