[acn-l] New FWS policy on captive propagation of endangered species

PETER.UNMACK at asu.edu
Tue, 03 Oct 2000 10:07:27 -0700 (MST)

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"Doug Warmolts" dwarmolt at colszoo.org
Message submitted by: "Doug Warmolts" <dwarmolt at colszoo.org>
> >On 9/20, the U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service published a notice of
>availability of its new policy on
>>captive propagation of endangered species. A summary of the notice appears
>below. The full notice is
>>too long to reproduce here. The FWS issued this policy in draft in 1996
>and considered the 47
>>comments it received from zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, and
>conservation organizations,
>>academic institutions, private individuals and business organizations,
>government organizations, and
>>State natural resource agencies in finalizing the policy.
>>Ellen Paul
>>Executive Director
>>The Ornithological Council
>>Mailto:epaul at dclink.com
>>Ornithological Council Website: http://www.nmnh.si.edu/BIRDNET
>>"Providing Scientific Information about Birds"
>>Policy Regarding Controlled Propagation of Species Listed Under
>>the Endangered Species Act
>>AGENCIES: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior; National Marine
>>Fisheries Service, Commerce.
>>ACTION: Notice of policy.
>>SUMMARY: This policy, published jointly by the Fish and Wildlife
>>Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), jointly
>>referred to as the Services, addresses the role of controlled
>>propagation in the conservation and recovery of species listed as
>>endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (as
>>amended) (Act). The policy provides guidance and establishes
>>consistency for use of controlled propagation as a component of a
>>listed species recovery strategy. This policy will help to ensure
>>smooth transitions between various phases of conservation efforts such
>>as propagation, reintroduction and monitoring, and foster efficient use
>>of available funds. The policy supports the controlled propagation of
>>listed species when recommended in an approved recovery plan or when
>>necessary to prevent extinction of a species. Appropriate uses of
>>controlled propagation include supporting recovery related research,
>>maintaining refugia populations, providing plants or animals for
>>reintroduction or augmentation of existing populations, and conserving
>>species or populations at risk of imminent extinction or extirpation.
>>DATES: The final policy on controlled propagation is effective October
>>20, 2000.
>>ADDRESSES: You may view comments and materials received during the
>>public comment period for the draft policy document by appointment
>>during normal business hours in Room 420, 4401 North Fairfax Drive,
>>Arlington, Virginia 22203.
>>FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Harrelson, Division of
>>Endangered Species, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the above address
>>(703/358-2171) or by e-mail at David_Harrelson at fws.gov; or Marta
>>Nammack, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries
>>Service (301/713-1401) or by e-mail at Marta.Nammack at noaa.gov.

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