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Endangered Species Act Consultation - NOAA-NMFS

Description: 

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 while NMFS manages marine species, including anadromous salmon. However, the USFWS has responsibility for some marine animals such as nesting sea turtles, walrus, polar bears, sea otters, and manatees.

Milestones:
Date of Request for formal consultation received
Department of Commerce
NMFS - Request for formal consultation received - Consultation initiation is contingent upon NMFS receiving sufficient information to initiate formal ESA consultation.
Planned
Target: 12/29/2017
Consultation Initiation Date
Department of Commerce
BOEM/NMFS - Consultation Initiation Date - Consultation initiation is contingent upon NMFS receiving sufficient information to initiate formal ESA consultation.
Planned
Target: 03/30/2018
Final Biological Opinion Issued
Department of Commerce
NMFS - Final Biological Opinion Issued - Consultation initiation is contingent upon NMFS receiving sufficient information to initiate formal ESA consultation.
Planned
Target: 03/29/2019
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