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Species Information and Maps

ESA Listed Species Maps

Our endangered species maps are intended to aid Federal action agencies and the public during their section 7 consultation responsibilities under the ESA and with their determination regarding whether activities authorized, funded, or carried out by a Federal agency may affect species listed by NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) under the ESA, or any critical habitat we have designated. The species maps represent our best professional judgment of where listed species are likely to be present based on geographic factors, time of year, and the biology of each species.  The critical habitat maps reflect the official designations established in our regulations.

These maps provide technical assistance, but do NOT replace the section 7 consultation process. They are intended to help you determine if listed species or critical habitat may be affected by a proposed Federal action. The presence of listed species and/or critical habitat, in combination with the nature of the activity, will help determine if consultation is needed.  Please note that these maps indicate “likely presence”, and are not intended to indicate that every activity that occurs within delineated areas will need consultation. The action agency or designated federal representative must use the best available scientific and commercial information as well as their best professional judgment to determine if a proposed activity may affect listed species and/or critical habitat based on the nature of the activity, minimization measures being used, time of year, etc. Even if the map indicates a species is not present in or near the vicinity of the proposed Federal action, the Federal action agency must still consider the nature of  the proposed activity to determine if consultation is needed (i.e., do indirect effects from the proposed project extend into areas where species are likely to be present?). 

Once a determination is made (no effect: no further consultation with NMFS is necessary, or may affect: informal or formal section 7 consultation necessary), the action agency can move forward appropriately.

ESA Listed Species Tables

These species presence tables are intended to aid Federal action agencies during their ESA section 7 consultation responsibilities within the GARFO region (e.g., Maine to North Carolina) and with their determination regarding whether activities authorized, funded, or carried out by a Federal agency overlap with our listed species. These tables can assist the Federal action agencies, as well as applicants and the general public, with an easy to navigate representation of the current, best available information of presence of listed species based on geographic factors, time of year, behavior and life stage.

These tables do NOT replace the section 7 consultation process, but help determine if listed species may be located in an area that may be affected by proposed Federal actions. Even if the table indicates a species is not present in or near the vicinity of the proposed Federal action, the Federal action agency must still consider the nature of the proposed activity to determine if consultation is needed (i.e., do indirect effects from the proposed project extend into areas where species are likely to be present?). In cases where the species are not present and the action is extremely unlikely to extend into an area of species presence, the Federal action agency may conclude the consultation process with a No Effect determination. In that case, no further consultation with NMFS is necessary.

For widely ranging species such as whales, sea turtles, and sturgeon, the tables summarize the current, best available information on the presence of these listed species in the GARFO region offshore, nearshore and in rivers from Hamilton Inlet, Labrador, Canada to Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA.  Rivers not included in the tables are those for which no targeted sampling has occurred or no other information on the use of the river is available. The Gulf of Maine DPS of Atlantic salmon is located in solely in the Gulf of Maine as described in the tables. The glossary page is intended to clarify certain terms used in the Species Presence Tables.

When referencing these tables for your environmental documentation or request for concurrence, please indicate the date the page was accessed in your citation.

ESA Listed Species Biology

Fish

Marine Mammals

Sea Turtles

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Last updated: December 19, 2017