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ganjero
01/15/2015, 09:38 AM
Reposting this from my local forum

"Hobbyists have an opportunity to weigh in on the new regulations regarding protected coral species. The link to submit comments is in the article along with a lot of great info. Deadline is March 16th so take a second and let your voice be heard!!"

"Public Comment Solicited

Specifically, NMFS is requesting public comment and information from other agencies that will assist them in better understanding and analyzing impacts of various activities related to the listed species. NMFS is also looking to better understand the “existence and
efficacy of ongoing conservation activities” related to the corals in question. In addition to public comment regarding prohibitions, NMFS is requesting comment concerning “specific activities that should be excepted from any prohibitions that may be applied because they either provide a conservation benefit or do not detract from the conservation of these species.” They are also interested in learning about the economic costs and benefits likely to result from any protective regulations and prohibitions resulting from 4(d) rulemaking.

Those wishing to submit public comment have until 16 March 2015."

Click on Comment Now! on the top right...
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NOAA_FRDOC_0001-3274

acesq
01/23/2015, 02:52 PM
I commented. Everybody who wants to continue to keep many of the most common acropora species should as well!!

inktomi
01/24/2015, 03:18 PM
+1000 I wrote my thoughts. I totally agree with protecting coral, but I also feel that we need to be able to sell and trade captive specimens which are already in the country (at the very least).

inktomi
01/25/2015, 02:19 PM
I noticed today that the document no longer loads.

Conspiracy!??!

inktomi
01/25/2015, 05:43 PM
The link has changed, the new commenting URL is

http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2014-0158-0001