Title: Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office
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Title: Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: United States. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publisher: United States. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publication Date: 2007
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Subject: Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands -- Caribbean
Caribbean
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Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Caribbean

Ecological Services Field Office


Edwin Muiiiz, Field Supervisor
Caribbean Field Office,
Ecological Services
P.O. Box 491
Boquer6n, PR 00622
Phone: 787/851 7297
Fax: 787/851 7440
E-mail: EdwinMuniz@fws.gov


Photos (top to bottom)
Coastal mangrove forest.
Endangered hawksbill turtle.
Endangered .1. lII '..i, Il., .. 1
blackbill.
Cabo Rojo salt flats.
Station Facts
* Established: 1974.
* FY 05 budget: $1,459,000.
* Number of staff: 16.
Station Goals
* To protect endangered species
through the administration of
pre-listing, consultation and
recovery activities in cooperation
with other Federal agencies,
Commonwealth and Territorial
agencies and non-governmental
organizations in Puerto Rico and
the U.S. Virgin Islands.
* To conserve and enhance wildlife
and wetland resources by
evaluating and recommending
modifications of projects
proposed for Federal
construction, funding or
authorization.
* To evaluate impacts of
contaminants on trust resources
and aid in remediation of impacts
and restoration of habitats and
resources.
* To develop partnerships with
Federal, Commonwealth and
Territorial agencies,
organizations and citizen groups
to address a wide variety of
issues affecting fish and wildlife
resources and their habitats.
* To work cooperatively with
nations of the greater Caribbean
Basin to address shared resource
issues.
Services Provided to
* Private citizens.
* Federal, Commonwealth and
Territorial agencies.


* Non-governmental organizations.
* Public and private schools.
Activity Highlights
* Protects lands important to
endangered species and
migratory birds through the
acquisition of lands for the
Caribbean Islands National
Wildlife Refuge, in conjunction
with other agencies and non-
governmental organizations.
* Summarized biological
information on the river
resources of Puerto Rico to
evaluate and modify Corps of
Engineers water development
projects to ensure the protection
of river resources.
* Provides assistance to the
U.S. Attorney's office and the
Army Corps of Engineers for the
prosecution of violations of the
Clean Water Act.
* Provided education and outreach
services to Puerto Rico and the
U.S. Virgin Islands since 1995 to
greatly increase the visibility of
Service programs in the
Caribbean. Outreach activities
and/or products include: talks,
videos, exhibits, posters, fact
sheets, Homepage, etc.
* Establishes working
partnerships to protect coastal
fisheries and coral reefs.
Provides for wetland restoration,
endangered species propagation
and protection of neo-tropical
migratory bird habitat.
* Actively participates with the
Service's Caribbean Ecosystem
team which has assisted in the
restoration of a Service Law
Enforcement presence in the
Caribbean and is working toward
the development of strategies to
address major resource issues
affecting coastal, karst and
riverine habitats.










* Works towards the development
and implementation of
mechanisms to protect nesting
sea turtles and emerging
hatchlings from artificial light
pollution on beaches in Puerto
Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
* Has administrative responsibility
for the Puerto Rican Parrot
Recovery Project (Rio Grande
Field Office).
Questions and Answers
How i..... .,I : ,, 1 -1.- listed species
are in Puerto Rico and the
U.S. Virgin Islands?
There are a total of 78 listed
threatened or endangered species in
Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands. There are 29 listed animals
which include three amphibians, 11
reptiles, 10 birds, five mammals and
49 listed plants.

How does the Endangered Species
Act protect a species?
Once a species is listed, the Act
protects species through the
prohibition of take, the
implementation of recovery projects,
cooperation with the states,
provisions for habitat acquisition,
consultation on federally funded and
permitted projects, through the
permitting process, and by education.

W1% -' does the FWS comment on
development ... /; ,?
Other Federal agencies are required,
under the Endangered Species Act of
1973 and the Fish and Wildlife
Coordination Act, to consult with the
FWS on actions they authorize,
conduct, and/or permit. The Service
also coordinates with state agencies
and comments on other projects
as well.

W-1, i are species listed?
Five factors are considered when
deciding whether a species needs to
be listed:
* destruction or modification of
habitat;
* overutilization for commercial,
recreational, scientific or
educational purposes;


* disease or predation;
* inadequacy of existing regulatory
mechanisms; and
* other natural or manmade factors
affecting its continued existence.

What is the p Itll I for violating the
Endangered Species Act?
The Act states that to kill, damage,
harass, trap, buy, or sell an
endangered species or products
derived from that species is a
violation of the Endangered Species
Act of 1973 and can carry a fine of
$100,000.00 maximum and/or one
year in prison.


Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office




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