Assoc. of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Re: Proposed Reforms to Endangered Species Act

Endangered Species Act (ESA)
Endangered Species Act (ESA)

Washington D.C. – -( On Thursday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) jointly proposed revisions to the regulations that implement portions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is encouraged to see the Service’s continued efforts to improve ESA implementation.

“The Association is looking forward to continued collaborative efforts between state fish and wildlife agencies, federal agencies, and the conservation community to effectively safeguard our nation’s diverse fish and wildlife,” stated Virgil Moore, President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Director of Idaho Fish and Game.

“State fish and wildlife agencies are on the cutting edge of conservation delivery all across the country with science-based restoration and management programs and stand ready to work together to protect our nations valuable natural resources.”

“State fish and wildlife agencies play a crucial role in the conservation of America’s fish and wildlife,” said Executive Director Ron Regan.

“Regulatory reform coupled with new sustainable financial capacity, such as what the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act legislation would authorize (H.R. 4647, S.3223), could help state agencies fully implement their State Wildlife Action Plans and conserve species of greatest conservation need.”

You can find more information about the proposed ESA Implementation and Regulation Revision on the Service’s website here:

The proposed rules will be published in the Federal Register in the coming days and will provide detailed information on how the public can submit written comments and information concerning these provisions. The Service will have a 60 day comment period. All comments will be posted on

Association of Fish and Wildlife AgenciesThe Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies represents North America’s fish and wildlife agencies to advance sound, science-based management and conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the public interest. The Association represents its state agency members on Capitol Hill and before the Administration to advance favorable fish and wildlife conservation policy and funding and works to ensure that all entities work collaboratively on the most important issues. The Association also provides member agencies with coordination services on cross-cutting as well as species-based programs that range from birds, fish habitat and energy development to climate change, wildlife action plans, conservation education, leadership training and international relations. Working together, the Association’s member agencies are ensuring that North American fish and wildlife management has a clear and collective voice.

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Dr. William Capps

This tells me very little. Usually, transfer of responsibility to the states from federal regulation is a ploy to remove protections and safeguards. What’s going on here??

Phil Shoyer

I can only hope that they remove Cormorants from the protected species list, and classify Cormorants as an invasive species with no limit, no season.

Phil Elliott

What did I just read? Boilerplate info. Wanted to find out what they propsed, but no had to go someplace else. Would it have been too much trouble to inform us what was proposed?