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Title and Description:
Endangered Species Act Critical Habitat Designation for 7 Indo-Pacific Corals Information Report

This report is part of the information basis for the proposed designation of critical habitat for 7 Indo-Pacific corals under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). It contains: (1) the biological information used to determine the physical and biological features essential to the conservation of the species that require special management, and the specific areas containing the features, and (2) the economic impact of designating critical habitat.

ID350 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 9/30/2020 (Start date of peer review 5/1/2020)
Estimated Dissemination Date Final Work Product: 9/30/2021
Contact Person: Tracy Miller Get contact information

Review type: Individual letters
Number of reviewers:
Peer Reviewers will be selected by: The agency.

Will the public, including scientific or professional societies, be asked to nominate potential peer reviewers? No

Will there be opportunities for the public to comment on the work product to be peer reviewed? Yes.
How: The proposed rule to designate critical habitat for coral species will be published in the Federal Register and a public comment period will be provided on the proposal prior to publication of the final rule. Electronic copies of the proposed rule (and the reports that support the rule) will be available upon publication at

When: Public comments will be received within 60 days of publication of the proposed rule in the Federal Register.

Will the agency provide significant and relevant public comments to the peer reviewers before they conduct their review? No.

Primary disciplines or expertise needed in the review: Biology, ecology, distribution, habitat requirements, and threats to Indo-Pacific corals. Economic impacts that stem from critical habitat designations.

Comments on Peer Review:

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Final work product