Tag: Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office
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May 2, 2017 | 3 minute read
Folkston, Georgia – Martin Ramos will always remember that call: “Report to the Okefenokee”. That was six years ago, when a fire rose to life in the middle of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and steadily grew. By the time the 2011 Honey Prairie fire had been extinguished, it had burned more than 300,000 acres. It also sparked an interest in Ramos, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) fire officer assigned to the Service’s Vieques NWR in Puerto Rico. Learn more...
April 10, 2017 | 3 minute read
The Monito gecko is a resilient little critter. Living only on one small chunk of rock in the Caribbean Sea, the lizard has become so abundant that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is set to make a decision later this year about its listing status under the Endangered Species Act. Learn more...
September 25, 2017 | 2 minute read
Puerto Rico faces a “long road” toward recovery after Hurricane Maria, federal officials said Monday. That road has hardly begun. The island remains without power. Water shortages are critical. People are hungry. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is scrambling to help. In a conference call Monday, Service employees said they are mobilizing teams, have already sent needed supplies and plan to do more to help the island restore some of life’s basic necessities. Read the full story...
September 19, 2017 | 1 minute read
Puerto Rico, still staggering from Hurricane Irma, is now likely to get knocked down by Hurricane Maria. The category 4 storm is headed its way. Maria, with occasional wind gusts up to 190 mph, is expected to reach Puerto Rico’s east coast by 9 p.m. EST. Expect “extensive damage,” said Kevin Scasny, a meteorologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). “It is not a good time” for Puerto Rico, he said in a Tuesday morning conference call with representatives of various Service divisions. Read the full story...
September 8, 2017 | 1 minute read
Damage assessment continues in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Irma. All U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees are safe, but about 70 percent of the island was without power Friday morning, and ATMs were not working. Culebra National Wildlife Refuge reported minor damage to its greenhouse and shop office. Service meteorologist Kevin Scasny estimates Irma will make landfall in south Florida, around 6 a.m. Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane. Read the full story...
September 7, 2017 | 4 minute read
Hurricane Irma, the second most powerful Atlantic basin hurricane in recorded history, has killed at least nine people in the Caribbean region, and is projected to be heading for Florida and the southeastern United States soon. “Our priority is the safety of our employees, making sure they are safe and then back to work as soon as personal priorities are taken care of,” said David Viker, acting deputy regional director of the Service’s Southeast Region, which is directly in Irma’s path. Read the full story...
September 7, 2017 | 4 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean may have missed the worst of Hurricane Irma, but the killer storm is headed straight for Florida and its bounty of endangered species and pristine refuges. After rampaging through the eastern Caribbean, Irma steered just north of Puerto Rico. She nonetheless dumped 2 to 8 inches of rain across the island and knocked out power to more than 1 million people. Read the full story...
Owner of Arecibo aquarium business pleads guilty to two federal Lacey Act felonies for illicit trafficking of protected corals
August 23, 2017 | 4 minute read
Aristides Sanchez, a resident of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty today to two felony violations of the federal Lacey Act for collecting, purchasing, falsely labeling, and shipping protected marine invertebrate species as part of an effort to subvert Puerto Rican law designed to protect corals and other reef species, the Department of Justice announced. Sanchez was the owner of the Arecibo-based saltwater aquarium business, Wonders of the Reef Aquarium. A large part of the business was devoted to the sale of native Puerto Rican marine species that are popular in the saltwater aquarium trade. Read the full story...
June 27, 2017 | 6 minute read
Lea en español. After more than a decade of conservation intervention, Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is once again safe for the threatened higo chumbo cactus, native seabirds, and unique lizards found nowhere else in the world. Just one year after an ambitious operation to rid Desecheo NWR of introduced rats, conservation biologists have confirmed that these damaging predators are absent from the island, and the operation was a success. Read the full story...
Manatee reclassified from endangered to threatened as habitat improves and population expands - existing federal protections remain in place
March 30, 2017 | 4 minute read
Read the release in Spanish. On the heels of Manatee Appreciation Day, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the downlisting of the West Indian manatee from endangered to threatened. Notable increases in manatee populations and improvements in its habitat allowed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to change the species’ status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The downlisting comes after diverse conservation efforts and collaborations by Florida and other manatee states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Caribbean nations, public and private organizations and citizens, there have been notable increases in manatee populations and improvements in its habitat. Read the full story...