September 27, 2011
Government Reviewing 374 Species For Endangerment Listing
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said on Monday it will be reviewing 374 freshwater species to determine whether they should be listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
The agency said the review will include 13 amphibians, six amphipods, 17 beetles, three birds, four butterflies, six caddis flies, 81 crayfish, 14 dragonflies, 43 fish, one springfly, two isopods, four mammals, one moth, 35 mussels, six non-vascular plants, 12 reptiles, 43 snails, eight stoneflies, and 75 vascular plants.“The Endangered Species Act has proved to be a critical safety net for America´s imperiled fish, wildlife, and plants. Our finding today is the first step in determining whether these species need the special protection afforded by the Act,” Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said in a statement.
The agency said all of the species face habitat destruction threats and disease or predation threats.
The Service will issue 12-month findings for each species and determine whether to propose them for listing.
It said it is asking help from governmental agencies, Native American tribes, the scientific community, industry, or any other organizations to help gather more information on the 374 species.
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