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NOAA Fisheries releases Endangered Species Act Biennial Report to Congress

On August 30, NOAA Fisheries released our Biennial Report to Congress on the Recovery Program for Threatened and Endangered Species. This report summarizes efforts to recover the 64 domestic species under NOAA Fisheries' jurisdiction from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2010. It includes accounts of each species, their status and current threats, the conservation actions undertaken during the last two years, and the priority recovery actions needed over the next two years.

Here's a snapshot of the status of the 64 domestic species we manage under the Endangered Species Act during the 2008-2010 reporting period:
• 26 (41%) were stabilized or improving;
• 17 (26%) were known to be declining;
• 7 (11%) were mixed, with their status varying by population location
• 14 (22%) were unknown, because we lacked sufficient data to make a determination

Recovery of threatened and endangered species is a long-term challenge. It requires the sustained, cooperative effort of government, academia, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and private land owners. In this report, you can see how these great partnerships can make important contributions to the recovery of listed species and help us address priority actions identified in recovery plans. For example, the Species Recovery Grant Program provides grant funding to partnering state agencies and federally recognized tribes to support projects that have direct conservation benefits for listed species. Another partnership, the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund, provides funding to states and tribes of the Pacific Coast region to protect, restore, and conserve Pacific salmon and steelhead populations and their habitats.

Read the report
online to learn more about our actions to protect and recover threatened and endangered species. Please contact Jonathan Shannon if you have any questions about the report.

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