First corals proposed for Endangered Species Act list

May 6, 2006

NOAA has formally submitted elkhorn and staghorn corals – two once abundant, fabulously branching species – for listing as threatened species. The proposal will be published in the Federal Register for public comment.

Hurricanes, pollutants, human divers and fishermen, have all played a role. But bleaching associated with global warming is the biggest driver.


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