FWC seeks information on listed species
Friday, September 03, 2010
Media contact: Patricia Behnke, 850-251-2130
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) passed new rules Wednesday for conserving and
managing threatened species in Florida. The new rules require
biological reviews be completed on all species on the state's lists
of threatened species and species of special concern.
Currently, the FWC seeks input and information on
61 listed species that have never had reviews completed, or the
reviews were done so long ago that the information is no longer
current. The list of species is available at
MyFWC.com/ImperiledSpecies (follow the link under "Latest
FWC staff needs information on population size and
trends, distribution and range, and threats to the species.
"We want to make sure we have the best available
scientific and commercial data as we conduct these reviews," said
Dr. Elsa Haubold, leader of the FWC's Species Conservation Planning
Section. "That is why we are requesting information about these
species from the public. We also will research published studies
and contact known experts for information.
"Specific aspects of the species' life history that
may influence the range and status of the species in Florida will
help us make well-informed decisions on whether to continue listing
After gathering information from the public and
completing the research, staff, along with biological review groups
appointed by the Commission, will evaluate the information this
fall, using the newly approved listing process. Based on these
reviews, staff will then make recommendations to the Commission on
whether the species should be on Florida's threatened list. Before
a change in status is made, no matter if the species is listed or
not, all reviewed species will have a management plan developed
that will outline the conservation goal and objectives needed to
improve or maintain the species. The management plans will be
developed with extensive public and stakeholder input.
Information and data on any of the 61 species
should be sent to: Biological Status Reviews, Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission, 620 South Meridian St., Mail
Station 2A, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600 or e-mailed to Imperiled@MyFWC.com.
Responses will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Nov. 1.
If providing information on more than one species,
send a separate, clearly identifiable section of the response
devoted to each species.