Management Overview

In 2013, NOAA Fisheries received a petition (pdf, 538 pages) to list the African coelacanth as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. In our 90-day finding, we concluded that the petitioned action may be warranted. After completing a Status Review, we proposed to list the Tanzanian distinct population segment of the species as threatened and requested comments from the public. In 2017, NOAA Fisheries listed the Tanzanian DPS of African coelacanth as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.