FWC seeks information on listed species
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Media contact: Patricia Behnke, 850-251-2130
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) is conducting biological reviews on all species on
the state's list of threatened species and species of special
concern. The FWC seeks specific information on these species from
After new rules were adopted in September for
conserving and managing threatened species in Florida, the work
began for compiling information on the 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that the information is no longer current.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
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, 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., Nov. 1.
If providing information on more than one species,
send a separate, clearly identifiable section of the response
devoted to each species.