Endangered Species Act Section 7 Biological Opinions - in the Southeast

Frequently Requested Biological Opinions

Under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, federal agencies must consult with NOAA Fisheries on activities that may affect ESA-listed species. These federal agency consultations are designed to help federal agencies in fulfilling their duty to ensure that their actions do not jeopardize the continued existence of a species, or destroy or adversely modify designated critical habitat.

NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, Protected Resources Division, issues Biological Opinions to document our Opinions on how federal agencies’ actions affect ESA-listed species and critical habitat in the Southeast. Where appropriate, these Opinions provide an exemption for the “take” of listed species (e.g., harassment, harm, pursuit, hunting, shooting, wounding, killing, trapping, capturing, or collecting) while specifying the extent of take allowed, the reasonable and prudent measures that would minimize impacts from the federal action, and the terms and conditions with which the federal action agency must comply.

Biological Opinions Available Online

Biological Opinions of significance are linked below, by action agency. Other biological opinions can be requested by phone: (727) 824-5312 or by email nmfs.ser.esa.consultations@noaa.gov, please include "Biological Opinion Request" in the subject line to ensure your request is routed properly.   


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 

Programmatic Biological Opinion on 10 Categories of Minor In-Water Activities Occurring in Florida and the U.S. Caribbean - JAXBO (PDF, 334 pages)

Revision No. 2 Regional Biological Opinion on Hopper Dredging of Navigational Channels and Borrow Areas in the Gulf of Mexico - GARBO (PDF, 19 pages) 

Amendment to the Regional Biological Opinion on Hopper Dredging of Navigational Channels and Borrow Areas Along the Southeast U.S. Atlantic Coast - SARBO (PDF, 18 pages) 

Programmatic Biological Opinion on a Modification of the USACE Jacksonville District's Programmatic General Permit for Live Rock and Marine Shellfish Aquaculture in Florida State Waters (PDF, 61 pages)


NOAA Fisheries 

Framework Biological Opinion on Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PDF, pages 414)

Biological Opinion on the Continued Authorization and Implementation of National Marine Fisheries Service' s Integrated Fisheries Independent Monitoring Activities (PDF, 428 pages) 

Biological Opinion on the Continued Implementation of the Sea Turtle Conservation Regulations under the ESA and the Continued Authorization of the Southeast U.S. Shrimp Fisheries in Federal Waters under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management Conservation Act (PDF, 346 pages) 

Biological Opinion on the Continued Authorization of the Fishery Management Plant for Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management and Conservation Act (PDF, 226 pages)



Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on May 24, 2019