Protected Resources

Reef Fish

Dascyllus albisella
Amphiprion percula, Photo: Francesco De Marchi

Current Management Issues

On August 24, 2015, NOAA Fisheries announced a not warranted 12-month finding (80 FR 51235), determining that the orange clownfish is a global population with no distinct population segments (DPSs), and the species does not warrant listing as threatened or endangered under the ESA at this time.

On February 18, 2015, NOAA Fisheries announced a negative 90-day finding (80 FR 8619) for the yellowtail damselfish (Microspathodon chrysurus), finding that the petition did not present substantial information indicating that listing  may be warranted for the species.

On September 3, 2014, NOAA Fisheries announced a positive 90-day finding (79 FR 52276), determining that the petitioned action may be warranted for the orange clownfish. NOAA Fisheries also announced a negative 90-day finding for the six Indo-Pacific damselfishes: Hawaiian dascyllus (Dascyllus albisella), blue-eyed damselfish (Plectroglyphidodon johnstonianus), black-axil chromis (Chromis atripectoralis), blue-green damselfish (Chromis viridis), reticulated damselfish (Dascyllus reticulatus), and blackbar devil or Dick’s damselfish (Plectroglyphidodon dickii).

On September 14, 2012, NOAA Fisheries received a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity to list eight species of pomacentrid reef fish as either threatened or endangered under the ESA and that critical habitat be designated concurrently with any listing. The species include one orange clownfish and seven damselfish:

For more information on the Endangered Species Act Section 4, please visit the Protected Resources Division's page here.