The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is proposing to revise the (1) Recovery Plan Preparation and Implementation Priorities, and (2) Recovery Plans contained in the 1990 Listing and Recovery Priority Guidelines. The need for revision has arisen through NMFS' application of the 1990 procedures, which contain vague definitions and lack sufficient detail regarding factors that should be considered when evaluating threats and recovery potential. NMFS reports that these revisions will better prioritize limited agency resources to advance the recovery of threatened and endangered species guided by the immediacy of the species' overall extinction risk, extent of information regarding major threats, and certainty that management or protective actions can be implemented successfully. Revisions include increasing the number of species priority numbers from 12 to 24, and introducing general principles for prioritizing recovery plan development and implementation.
* The National Marine Fisheries Service issued a notice on June 30, 2017 which extended the comment period from June 30, 2017 to August 28, 2017.