List Queen Conch as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act (Draft)
Sep. 12, 2022
Strombus gigas) as a threatened species under the ESA. They have completed a comprehensive status review for the queen conch. After considering the status review report, and after taking into account efforts being made to protect the species, they have determined that the queen conch is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout its range. Therefore, they propose to list the queen conch as a threatened species under the ESA. Any protective regulations determined to be necessary and advisable for the conservation of the queen conch under ESA would be proposed in a subsequent Federal Register announcement. They solicit information to assist this listing determination, the development of proposed protective regulations, and designation of critical habitat within U.S jurisdiction. Information and comments on this proposed rule must be received by 7 November 2022. POC is Calusa Horn, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, 727-551-5782 or Calusa.Horn@noaa.gov. (Federal Register 8 September 2022 [Proposed Rule] Pages 55200-55239).