Spring Pygmy Sunfish Update
Posted 05 April 2011 - 04:23 PM
Posted 06 April 2011 - 01:21 PM
"The Service will now undertake a more thorough status review of the species throughout its entire range to determine whether to propose it for listing under the ESA."
Duh! Perhaps they should read their own release: "Currently, only one known population remains inhabiting a five-mile section of a spring-fed stream in Limestone County"
It took them over 1.5 years to conduct a 90 day finding.
Way to persevere Mike and CBD.
Posted 08 April 2011 - 12:05 PM
"On April 1, 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will publish an announcement, in the Federal Register, of a positive 90-day finding on a petition to list the spring pygmy sunfish as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (Act)". The link to this is here on the Federal Register, and scroll down to April 1.
You can look for Docket Number FWS-R4-ES-2010-0007 for specific information being handled by the office of the FWS in Jackson, Mississippi.
So I guess the spring pygmy will really be listed as Endangered, once and for all. I hope that this will really help the species, which of course needs all the help it can get.
Posted 08 April 2011 - 12:27 PM
So I guess the spring pygmy will really be listed as Endangered, once and for all.
Really? My understanding is that the 90-day finding (see attached) merely says that the Service will initiate a status review. If listing is warranted, the Service will either: a) say work on the species is "precluded by higher-priority listing actions" and place the species on the candidate list, which is kind of like an endangered species purgatory where nothing happens for a long, long time; b) propose an endangered or threatened listing, which will likely take year another of review and comment before a final listing is issued; or c) say the species deserves protection but that other, existing conservation actions are sufficient to keep it from going extinct without federal monies and/or intervention.
Edited by kalawatseti, 08 April 2011 - 12:27 PM.
Posted 08 April 2011 - 12:33 PM
Posted 12 April 2011 - 07:41 PM
You are correct on the possible outcomes.
Edit- Also we should consider what the USFWS Endangered Species folks are tasked with, as I know the ES folks in our office are buried in work. I think there are close to 100 species currently under review in the Eastern US. The biologists that are tasked with the reviews also have existing responsiblities to the currently listed species as well as threats to those species (project reviews, permits, etc).
Edited by sschluet, 12 April 2011 - 08:01 PM.
Posted 12 April 2011 - 08:10 PM
Posted 21 April 2011 - 06:41 AM
SCIENCE | April 21, 2011
Wildlife at Risk Face Long Line at U.S. Agency By TODD WOODY
The Fish and Wildlife Service is struggling with an avalanche of petitions and lawsuits over the endangered species list.
Posted 21 April 2011 - 07:47 AM
Posted 21 April 2011 - 10:14 AM
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