October 2, 2008
Protection Sought for Atlantic Wolffish
The Conservation Law Foundation is leading an effort to put the Atlantic wolffish on the U.S. endangered species list.
The fish, which has a long eel-like tail and a mouth full of large canine teeth, is threatened with extinction off the New England coast because of over-harvesting and habitat loss due to commercial trawling, the group said Wednesday in a news release.
"The dramatic decline in wolffish is a troubling indication that while there is some good news about marine species like haddock and sea scallops that have been successfully restored, our ocean's long-term health continues to hang for other species by a precarious balance," the foundation's Peter Shelley said in a statement.