On 19 August 2008, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) officially requested that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service extend the period for public comment on a proposed rule change for the Endangered Species Act. AIBS requested a 60-day extension to the period for public comment, which would provide a total of 90-days for comments on a proposal that some assert will fundamentally change how the ESA is implemented.

It is unexpected that the extension will be granted, given the short window remaining for the current Administration to advance the rule change. Thus, interested scientists with expertise in federal biodiversity conservation and management policy may wish to submit formal comments prior to the current deadline of 15 September 2008. For more information regarding the proposed rule change, please visit http://www.aibs.org/public-policy-reports/20080818.html#005076.


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