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Proactive Conservation Program

The Proactive Conservation Program is designed to promote efforts to conserve species for which NOAA Fisheries Service has concerns regarding status and threats, or those for which insufficient information is available to indicate whether listing under the Endangered Species Act is warranted. Species of Concern can also be "candidate species" if they have been petitioned for ESA listing or if a status review has been initiated by NOAA Fisheries Service.

Alewife.  Photo credit:  Jerry Prezioso, NOAA

Species of Concern (SOC) in the Greater Atlantic Region (GARFO)

Species in the GARFO Recently Removed from the SOC List

Species in the GARFO Recently Petitioned for Listing

Dusky Shark.  Photo credit:  NOAA

Candidate Species in the GARFO