AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comment.
SUMMARY: We, NMFS, are proposing to revise the Recovery Plan
Preparation and Implementation Priorities and Recovery Plans contained
in the 1990 Listing and Recovery Priority Guidelines. We propose to
revise the guidelines to better prioritize limited agency resources to
advance the recovery of threatened and endangered species guided by the
immediacy of the species' overall extinction risk, extent of
information regarding major threats, and certainty that management or
protective actions can be implemented successfully. We are not
proposing changes to the Listing, Reclassification, and Delisting
Priorities contained in the 1990 Listing and Recovery Priority
Guidelines. We have found those guidelines to be sufficient in
prioritizing listing actions and thus do not warrant a revision at this
DATES: Comments on the proposed revision must be received by close of
business on June 30, 2017.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by
NOAA-NMFS-2017-0020 by either of the following methods:
Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public
comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to
www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2017-0020. Click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach
Mail: Submit written comments to Therese Conant, National
Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD
Instructions: You must submit comments by one of the above methods
to ensure that we receive, document, and consider them. Comments sent
by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received
after the end of the comment period, may not be considered. All
comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be
posted for public viewing on http://www.regulations.gov without change.
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