Seeking Tribal American Eel Experts to Review DRAFT American Eel Biological Report

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is conducting a status
review for the American eel (Anguilla rostrata) to address an Endangered
Species Act (ESA) 2010 listing petition. The Service must publish a
decision on the listing petition in the Federal Register by September
30, 2015. The outcome of the ESA decision will be that the listing is
warranted, not warranted, or warranted but precluded by other higher
priority listing actions.

Staff in the Service's Northeast Region endangered species program
have drafted a biological report that updates the ESA's previous 2007
status review and not warranted petition finding with new information
about the species, its habitat, and potential threats. As part of the
report's review process, the Service is seeking American eel, American
eel habitat, or American eel threat experts to serve as peer reviewers.
The biological report will be the primary document on which the Service
bases its ESA listing determination. Therefore, the purpose of such
review is to ensure that the Service's conclusions are based on
scientifically sound data, assumptions, and analyses.

We are asking your assistance with identifying knowledgeable individuals
with the required expertise to serve as a potential peer reviewer.
Please note that we are seeking peer reviewers with an identified
expertise, and not just individuals with a general interest in the
species or the listing decision. Selected peer reviewers will receive
the draft biological report from the Northeast Region endangered species
staff by October 1, 2014, and will be asked to provide peer review
comments by October 24, 2014. The Service cannot offer compensation for
peer reviewers, but we hope that selected experts will consider
assisting us to ensure that the Service is using the best available data
and interpreting that data correctly.

We would appreciate hearing from you, no later than September 26, 2014,
whether or not you are aware of individuals that may be willing to serve
as peer reviewers.

If you are aware of such individuals, please provide Krishna Gifford
(cc'd in this e-mail) at krishna_gifford@fws.gov, with a list of
potential peer reviewers, along with the reviewers' identified
expertise and contact information.

If you have any questions, please contact Krishna Gifford via e-mail or
call her at (413) 253-8619.

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