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Technical Guidance

Section 7 Consultation Process

  1. Guidance on making a ‘No Effect’ determination
  2. More information on the different types of consultations

Guidance on Atlantic Sturgeon Critical Habitat

Technical Consultation Guidance for Action Agencies

Creating an Effects Analysis 

Writing Resources for Action Agencies

We encourage action agencies to utilize these writing resources while preparing their letter of concurrence requests.

Successful Examples of Incoming Consultation Letters

Check back soon for language on Atlantic sturgeon Critical Habitat

Looking for additional guidance to construct your Biological Assessment? Check out these FWS resources! Note: there are subtle differences in the way NOAA Fisheries and FWS approach ESA Section 7 Consultation (E.g., ESA-listed species and critical habitat under NOAA Fisheries jurisdiction are NOT included in iPaC (GARFO has the Section 7 Mapper)).


Please send consultation initiation and concurrence requests to: Kimberly Damon-Randall, Protected Resources, NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930 or to  If you have any questions regarding the ESA Section 7 consultation process, please contact the Section 7 Coordinator Mark Murray-Brown at