→ Initiation of Status Review for the Cauliflower Coral, Pocillopora Meandrina

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The National Marine Fisheries Service is initiating a global status review of the cauliflower coral (P. meandrina) to determine whether listing it as a threatened or endangered species throughout the entirety of its range is warranted. This action follows a petition requesting that the Hawaii population of P. meandrina be considered a significant portion of the range of the species and that the species be listed because of its status in Hawaii. The policy of on the interpretation of the phrase “Significant Portion of Its Range” (SPR) under the Endangered Species Act states that, before undergoing an SPR analysis, the agency must first find that the species is neither endangered nor threatened throughout all of its range. The National Marine Fisheries Service is soliciting scientific and commercial information from any interested party to ensure that the status review is comprehensive for this proposed rule.`