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I'iwi may be listed as endangered; USFWS seeks public comment

Fern Davies

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Full notice attached.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), on 24 January 2012, announced a 90-day finding on a petition to list the `i'iwi (Vestiaria coccinea) as

endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as

amended (Act), and designate critical habitat. Based on our review, we

find that the petition presents substantial information indicating that

listing the `i'iwi may be warranted. Therefore, with the publication of

this notice, we are initiating a review of the status of the species to

determine if listing the `i'iwi as endangered or threatened is

warranted. To ensure that this status review is comprehensive, we are

requesting scientific and commercial data and other information

regarding this species. Based on the status review, we will issue a 12-

month finding on the petition, which will address whether the

petitioned action is warranted, as provided in section 4(b)(3)(B) of

the Act.


DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct this review, we request

that we receive information on or before March 26, 2012. Please note

that if you are using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES

section, below), the deadline for submitting an electronic comment is

11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on this date. After March 26, 2012, you must

submit information directly to the Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife

Office (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section below). Please note

that we might not be able to fully address or incorporate information

that we receive after the above requested date.


ADDRESSES: You may submit information by one of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

Search for FWS-R1-ES-2011-0110, which is the docket number for this


U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing,

Attn: FWS-R1-ES-2011-0110; Division of Policy and Directives

Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS

2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.

We will post all information we receive on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any

personal information you provide us (see the Request for Information

section below for more details).


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Loyal Mehrhoff, Field Supervisor,

Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, 300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room

3-122, Honolulu, HI 96850; by telephone (808-792-9400); or by facsimile

(808-792-9581). If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf

(TTD), please call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-



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