Species of Concern (SOC) are those species about which NOAA Fisheries Service has concerns regarding status and threats, but for which insufficient information is available to indicate a need to list the species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The goal is to promote proactive conservation efforts for these species in order to preclude the need to list them in the future.
"Species of concern" status does not carry any procedural or substantive protections under the ESA.
For more information on the Proactive Conservation Program,
please contact Sarah Laporte at (978) 282-8477
March 14, 2013