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Endangered Species Act Consultation - FWS


The Endangered Species Act (ESA) directs all Federal agencies to work to conserve endangered and threatened species and to use their authorities to further the purposes of the Act. Section 7 of the Act, called "Interagency Cooperation," is the mechanism by which Federal agencies ensure the actions they take, including those they fund or authorize, do not jeopardize the existence of any listed species.

Generally, the USFWS manages land and freshwater species, and NMFS manages marine species, although there are some exceptions as described above. The USFWS also has authority under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) to regulate and/or permit, if appropriate, the take or destruction of bird nests, eggs, and nestlings. 


Date of Request for formal consultation received
Department of Interior
USFWS - Request for formal consultation received
Target: 12/29/2017
Consultation Initiation Date
Department of Interior
BOEM/USFWS - Consultation Initiation Date
Target: 03/30/2018
Final Biological Opinion Issued
Department of Interior
USFWS - Final Biological Opinion Issued
Target: 03/29/2019
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