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Peer Review Plans


Title and Description:
Status Review for Endangered Species Act consideration of the giant manta ray (Manta birostris) and reef manta ray (Manta alfredi)

The status review for the giant and reef manta rays will consist of a report explaining the best available information on the biology and status of these species as well as their respective risks of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of their range. The information in the review will be used to make a 12-month finding determination on whether listing the giant manta ray and reef manta ray is warranted or not warranted under the Endangered Species Act.

ID353 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 11/10/2016
Actual Dissemination Date: 1/12/2017
Contact Person: Michael Liddel NOAA Locator

Date First Posted in Peer Review Agenda: 9/26/2016
Estimated Peer Review Start Date:10/1/2016
Actual Peer Review Start Date: 11/8/2016
Review type:
Individual letters
Number of reviewers:
3 or fewer

Peer reviewers will be designated 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 and When? Potentially during the Federal Register notice public comment. Federal Register notice of the 12-month finding will give public access to, and opportunity to comment on the status review as well as the 12-month finding if the finding is also a proposed rule.

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: Manta ray biology, ecology, conservation, extinction risk, threats to manta rays.

Comments on Peer Review:

Charge statement

Peer review report:

Final work product