Public hearing for coral protection

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)  is proposing to designate critical habitat for the seven threatened corals in U.S. waters in the info pacific under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

Six of the seven corals are located in American Samoa. 

Public hearings on the proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the seven threatened Indo-Pacific corals will be held online for the affected jurisdictions: Guam, Northern Marianas and American Samoa.  

The one for American Samoa will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 21, 2021 . 

Since the hearings will be held online, any member of the public can join by internet or phone regardless of location.

The proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the seven ESA-listed corals was issued on November 27, 2020 (85 FR 76262), and provided for a public comment period to end on January 26, 2021. The comment period is now extended 30 days and will close on February 25, 2021. Comments must be received by February 25, 2021, as specified. 

The public hearings will be conducted as Webex meetings.

You may join the Webex meetings using a web browser, the Webex desktop app (app installation required), a mobile app on a phone (app installation required), or audio-only using just a phone call, as specified below.

To join the first hearing, click on the link https://noaanmfs-meets.webex. com/noaanmfs-meets/onstage/ g.php?MTID=ecfe01efe62d246f 452d3bf93c907008a Password: ‘‘coral’’.
If you do not have internet access, you may join by phone: US Toll +1–415– 527–5035 Access code: 199 477 7805
• To join the second hearing, click on link https://noaanmfs-meets.webex. com/noaanmfs-meets/onstage/ g.php?MTID=e616fdb7791f ad92917495cd0002b23bd Password: ‘‘coral’’.
If you do not have internet access, you may join by phone: US Toll +1–415–527–5035 Access code: 199 394 4864