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Originally Posted: January 7, 2013

Help Save our Vanishing Coral Reefs

FROM Center for Biological Diversity

ACTION

Urge the National Marine Fisheries Service to promptly finalize the listing of 12 coral species as endangered, 54 corals as threatened, and to reclassify elkhorn and staghorn corals as endangered.

Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):
http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12219

The government is also hosting a number of public hearings on these coral protections. Click here to see the full schedule, and then RSVP to attend a meeting in your area:
http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/salsa/web/questionnaire/public/?questionnaire_KEY=1535

coral reef NOAA reefsAnd/or better yet, make direct contact:

Protected Resources Division, NMFS
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1315 East-West Highway, 13th Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910
phone (301) 427-8400
fax (301) 713-0376
pr.webmaster@noaa.gov
online contact: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

The world's corals are in trouble.

Scientists predict that coral reefs as we know them will be gone before the end of the century. Many will be lost within our lifetime, ravaged by ocean warming, acidification and pollution.

But it isn't too late to save many of these beautiful and disappearing corals. The federal government just proposed to protect 66 of the most threatened corals. We need your help to make sure these protections are enacted.

I am writing to support the protection of 66 corals under the Endangered Species Act, and the reclassification of elkhorn and staghorn corals as endangered. Advancing these corals to final protections will be an important step toward their conservation and recovery. Listing these corals will also raise awareness that our coral reefs are imperiled by climate change and ocean acidification.

Coral reefs are under increasing stress from multiple threats. Along with global warming, bleaching events have become more severe and frequent. Nearly all reefs will be exposed to severe thermal stress by the year 2050. In the past few decades, coral cover has declined by more than half in many places, and the Caribbean has experienced even more drastic losses. Meanwhile poor management of fishing and pollution contributes to the local degradation of reefs.

I urge the National Marine Fisheries Service to promptly finalize the listing of 12 coral species as endangered, 54 corals as threatened, and to reclassify elkhorn and staghorn corals as endangered. Time is of the essence to save coral reefs, and the Endangered Species Act can provide needed legal tools to advance their protection. I also support the designation of critical habitat and development of a robust recovery plan for corals.


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