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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33795 - Avian Influenza in Poultry and Wild Birds
29-Mar-2007; Jim Monke, M. Lynne Corn; 17 p.
Abstract: Avian influenza is a viral disease that primarily infects birds, both domestic and wild. Certain strains of bird flu break the avian barrier and have been known to infect other animals and humans. Avian flu viruses are common among wild bird populations, which act as a reservoir for the disease. .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Biodiversity, General, Climate Change
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33459 - Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 109th Congress
18-Jan-2007; Eugene H. Buck; 30 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
January 5, 2007

December 19, 2006 August 16, 2006
August 3, 2006

/NLE/CRSreports/06jun/RL33459.pdf
/NLE/CRSreports/06jul/RL33459.pdf MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS:
On July 28, 2006, the House passed H.R. 4, including language exempting certain mu.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Fish and marine mammals are important resources in open ocean and nearshore coastal areas; many federal laws and regulations guide their management. Bills to reauthorize and amend major legislation — the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA) and the Marine Mammal Prote.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Marine, Legislative, Biodiversity

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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33468 - The Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the 109th Congress: Conflicting Values and Difficult Choices
9-Nov-2006; Eugene H. Buck, M. Lynne Corn, Pervaze A. Sheikh, Pamela Baldwin and Robert Meltz; 25 p.
Update: December 21, 2006 Previous Releases:
/NLE/CRSreports/06Oct/RL33468.pdf
/NLE/CRSreports/06Aug/RL33468.pdf
/NLE/CRSreports/06Jun/RL33468.pdf
/NLE/CRSreports/06Jul/RL33468.pdf MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS:
On August 2, 2006, the Senate Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Fo.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: The 109th Congress is considering proposals to amend the Endangered Species Act (ESA; P.L. 93-205, 16 U.S.C. §§1531-1543). Major issues in recent years have included changing the role of science in decision-making, modifying critical habitat (CH) procedures, incorporating further protection and in.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Biodiversity, Legislative, Information
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS22281 - General Services Administration Federal Facilities Affected by Hurricane Katrina
9-May-2006; Stephanie Smith; 5 p.
Update: August 25, 2006

Previous releases

/NLE/CRSreports/06Jun/RS22281.pdf.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, causing widespread flooding and significant infrastructure damage to 83 federal facilities in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The General Services Administration (GSA) is the federal government’s primary real property agency, with 11 r.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Biodiversity, Wetlands

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go directly to report, PDF _ RS22420 - Enhancement-of-Survival Permits: Background and Status of Proposed Policy
10-Apr-2006; Pervaze A. Sheikh; 4 p.
Update: June 20, 2006

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Abstract: On August 18, 2003, the Fish and Wildlife Service released a proposed policy that provides guidance on the issuance of enhancement-of-survival permits authorized by the Endangered Species Act.1 The aim of this policy is to broaden consideration of issuing permits for the harvesting and import of .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Legislative, Biodiversity

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go directly to report, PDF _ IB10144 - The Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the 109th Congress: Conflicting Values and Difficult Choices
19-May-2006; Eugene H. Buck, M. Lynne Corn, Pervaze Sheikh, Pamela Baldwin, and Robert Meltz; 19 p.
Update: June 2, 2006

MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS:
On May 17, 2006, the House passed (amended) H.R. 4200, proposing to authorize emergency procedures to comply with ESA §7 for pre-approved management practices for federal land damaged by a catastrophe and for catastrophic event research and recover.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: The 109th Congress is considering various proposals to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA; P.L. 93-205, 16 U.S.C. §§1531-1543). Major issues in recent years have included changing the role of science in decision-making, modifying critical habitat (CH) procedures, reducing conflicts .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Biodiversity, Legislative, Risk & Reform

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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33309 - Reauthorization of the Endangered Species Act (ESA): A Comparison of Pending Bills and a Proposed Amendment with Current Law
13-Mar-2006; Pervaze A. Sheikh, Pamela Baldwin, Erika Lunder, M. Lynne Corn and Eugene H. Buck; 98 p.
Update: June 2, 2006

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Abstract: The Endangered Species Act (ESA) protects species that are determined to be either endangered or threatened according to assessments of their risk of extinction. The ESA has not been reauthorized since September 30, 1992, and efforts to do so have been controversial and complex. Some observers as.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Legislative, Biodiversity

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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33117 - The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Biological Resources
22-Feb-2005; Prevaze A. Sheikh; 12 p.
Update: June 1, 2006

Previous Releases:
/nle/crsreports/05nov/RL33117.pdf.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Winds, storm surge, and associated flooding from Hurricane Katrina had substantial impacts on the biological resources of the affected region. Some impacts caused by this hurricane included wetland and timber loss, and declines in fisheries and wildlife populations. This report discusses the repo.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Biodiversity, Science & Technology

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go directly to report, HTML _ 92-944 - The Listing of a of Species: Legal Definition and Biological Realities
15-Dec-1992; Lynne Corn; 5 p.
Abstract: The 103d Congress will debate the reauthorization of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) 2 which expired on October 1, 1992. The Act has recently generated controversy, even though it passed in 1973 with virtually no opposition. Much of the debate concerns specific actions that would jeopardize particu.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Biodiversity
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go directly to report, HTML _ 98-975 - An Endangered Species Act Issue for Southeastern Florida: Johnson's Seagrass
9-Dec-1998; Eugene Buck; 6 p.
Abstract: Johnson's seagrass, a small marine plant growing in shallow estuaries and coastal lagoons only along the southeastern Florida coast, has been listed by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the first marine plant so listed. The c.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Biodiversity, Wetlands, Marine
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