FWD [U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists Short-tailed Albatross asendangered]

Mike Patterson celata at pacifier.com
Wed Aug 2 08:34:48 PDT 2000




Ellen Paul wrote:

>

> For those interested in seabirds and/or endangered species.

> --

> Ellen Paul

> Executive Director

> The Ornithological Council

> Mailto:epaul at dclink.com

> Ornithological Council Website: http://www.nmnh.si.edu/BIRDNET

> "Providing Scientific Information about Birds"

>

> Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Rule To List

> the Short-Tailed Albatross as Endangered in the United States

>

> AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

>

> ACTION: Final rule.

>

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>

> SUMMARY: Under the authority of the Endangered Species Act (Act) of

> 1973, as amended, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service),

> extend endangered status for the short-tailed albatross (Phoebastria

> albatrus) to include the species' range within the United States. As a

> result of an administrative error in the original listing, the short-

> tailed albatross is currently listed as endangered throughout its range

> except in the United States. Short-tailed albatrosses

> range throughout the North Pacific Ocean and north into the Bering Sea

> during the nonbreeding season; breeding colonies are limited to two

> Japanese islands, Torishima and Minami-kojima. Originally numbering in

> the millions, the current worldwide population of breeding age birds is

> approximately 600 individuals and the worldwide total population is

> approximately 1,200 individuals. There are no breeding populations of

> short-tailed albatrosses in the United States, but several individuals

> have been regularly observed during the breeding season on Midway Atoll

> in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Current threats to the species

> include destruction of breeding habitat by volcanic eruption or mud or

> land slides caused by monsoon rains, and demographic or genetic

> vulnerability due to low population size and limited breeding

> distribution. Longline fisheries, plastics ingestion, contaminants, and

> airplane strikes may also be factors affecting the species'

> conservation. This rule implements the Federal protection and recovery

> provisions provided by the Act for individuals when they occur in the

> United States.

>

> DATES: This rule is effective August 30, 2000.


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