Trade Restrictions on 20 Species of Coral Under Consideration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is inviting through March 16 information and comments on possible protective regulations to provide for the conservation of 20 coral species recently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. NOAA states that such regulations may be tailored based on the contributions of other existing conservation measures and may therefore prohibit some or all of the following.
- importing or exporting covered species
- taking covered species within the U.S. or the territorial sea of the U.S.
- taking covered species on the high seas
- possessing, selling, delivering, carrying, transporting or shipping by any means any illegally taken covered species
- delivering, receiving, carrying, transporting or shipping covered species in interstate or foreign commerce, by any means and in the course of a commercial activity
- selling or offering for sale in interstate or foreign commerce any covered species
- violating any regulation pertaining to covered species
Civil and criminal penalties may be assessed for violations of any such prohibitions, although exceptions may be provided in certain circumstances.