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Designating Experimental Populations under the Endangered Species Act: Section 10(j)

Section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act allows NOAA Fisheries to designate populations of listed species as “experimental” to support the reintroduction of at-risk species to foster long-term recovery.

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