The Resource Endangered Species Act : the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has incomplete information about effects on listed species from section 7 consultations, United States Government Accountability Office

Endangered Species Act : the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has incomplete information about effects on listed species from section 7 consultations, United States Government Accountability Office

Label
Endangered Species Act : the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has incomplete information about effects on listed species from section 7 consultations
Title
Endangered Species Act
Title remainder
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has incomplete information about effects on listed species from section 7 consultations
Statement of responsibility
United States Government Accountability Office
Title variation
  • Endangered Species Act
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has incomplete information about effects on listed species from section 7 consultations
  • ESA consultation monitoring
Title variation remainder
the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has incomplete information about effects on listed species from section seven consultations
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The Service lacks a systematic means of tracking the monitoring reports it requires in biological opinions and does not know the extent of compliance with these requirements. To track monitoring reports, the Service relies on its biologists to keep abreast of biological opinions and follow up on required monitoring reports. At the field offices GAO visited, Service biologists could not account for all required monitoring reports in 40 of 64 consultation files (63 percent) requiring such reports. Service staff said they face a demanding workload, and responding to new consultation requests often takes higher priority than following up on monitoring reports. This reliance on individual biologists leaves the Service with incomplete institutional knowledge of the extent of action agencies' compliance with reporting requirements, as well as with incomplete information on species' responses to the actions under consultation. The Service also lacks a systematic method for tracking cumulative take of most listed species. Out of 497 listed species in the western states, GAO identified 3 species for which the Service has a formal, Web-based database for tracking cumulative take: northern spotted owl, marbled murrelet,and bull trout. GAO identified 7 more species for which Service biologists developed informal means to track cumulative take. While Service staff generally agreed that it is important to track cumulative take of all species, they cautioned that one size does not fit all in terms of tracking take. For some species, Service biologists said, systematically tracking cumulative take has not been critical, either because very few consultations have occurred with little to no take anticipated, or the Service has good information on the species' status through other sources. For other species, however, such as those that are frequently consulted on and wide-ranging, Service biologists believed that having a more systematic take-tracking method was warranted. The lack of systematic means to track cumulative take for some species, and the resulting gap in knowledge of the species' status, exposes the Service to vulnerabilities, including the threat of litigation and unobserved declines in species. The Service has been developing various databases for more systematically tracking cumulative take, though their development largely depends on resources not yet available in the Service's budget
Cataloging source
EJB
Government publication
federal national government publication
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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United States
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  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • United States.
  • Endangered species
  • Wildlife management
Label
Endangered Species Act : the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has incomplete information about effects on listed species from section 7 consultations, United States Government Accountability Office
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (GAO, viewed May 22, 2009)
  • "May 2009."
  • "GAO-09-550."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ii, 34 pages)
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Endangered Species Act : the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has incomplete information about effects on listed species from section 7 consultations, United States Government Accountability Office
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (GAO, viewed May 22, 2009)
  • "May 2009."
  • "GAO-09-550."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ii, 34 pages)
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Specific material designation
remote

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