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. Biological Opinions issued since 2010 can be found in the NOAA library repository. The Environmental Consultation System (ECO) is available to search ESA section 7 consultations from 2017 to present. If you are looking for information on consultations completed before 2019 that is not available in ECO, you may send an email with specific details on your information request to NMFS.Historic.Consultations@noaa.gov.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- The 2020 SARBO was revised July 31, 2020, and all future projects covered under SARBO 2020 will be required to adhere to the PDCs as modified. See Appendix L of the Opinion for more information
- Revision No. 1 Regional Biological Opinion on Hopper Dredging of Navigational Channels and Borrow Areas in the Gulf of Mexico (PDF, pages 28)
- Regional Biological Opinion on Hopper Dredging of Navigational Channels and Borrow Areas in the Gulf of Mexico (PDF, pages 128)
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)
- Appendix A: Avoidance of Effects of Select Restoration Activities Eligible for Streamlined Project-Level Consultation through Implementation of Specified Project
Design Criteria (PDF, 38 pages)
Reinitiation of Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 Consultation on the Implementation of the Sea Turtle Conservation Regulations under the ESA and the Authorization of the Southeast U.S. Shrimp Fisheries in Federal Waters under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management and Conservation Act (PDF, 297 pages)
Biological Opinion on the Continued Authorization of the Fishery Management Plan for Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management and Conservation Act (PDF, 226 pages)
Other Federal Action Agencies
Return to the Southeast Region's ESA Section 7 Interagency Consultation main page here.