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Management plan for Caribbean Acropora population enhancement
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    "The purpose of this population enhancement management plan (Management Plan) is two-fold. The first is to adhere to the Policy Regarding Controlled Propagation of Species Listed under the Endangered Species Act. The Management Plan addresses the risks identified in the policy based on the current level of knowledge and provides guidelines and best management practices to minimize risks where information is lacking. The second is to guide active propagation of elkhorn and staghorn corals to maximize recovery potential as identified by the goals, actions, and criteria identified in the Acropora Recovery Plan (NMFS 2015). The Management Plan pertains to any efforts to propagate A. palmata or A. cervicornis when the intention is to release propagated individuals for reintroduction or augmentation of existing populations or to establish or maintain refugia populations (populations removed from the wild). This Management Plan will provide best practices for nursery cultivation and outplanting, guidelines for outplanting design and site selection, and a standardized approach to outplant tracking and reporting. It builds upon concepts and recommendations developed during a 2-day workshop for Acropora conservation and restoration hosted by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington DC in November 2009 (Smithsonian Institution 2009) and on best practices manuals developed by The Nature Conservancy (Johnson et al. 2011) and the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation (Bowden-Kerby 2014). Coral restoration partners, including non-governmental organizations, academia, zoos, aquaria, and federal, state, and local agencies, are requested to collectively implement this Management Plan"--Page 2.

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