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Tidewater Goby No Longer Endangered?


Thursday, March 20, 2014
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to reclassify the tidewater goby from endangered to threatened because it “is not likely to become extinct in the foreseeable future,” officials said this week. The goby — a small, gray-brown fish that inhabits lagoons, marshes, and freshwater tributaries along California’s coastline — was listed as endangered in 1994, but its numbers have since bounced back. A down-listing from endangered to threatened wouldn’t remove the protections the goby currently receives under the Endangered Species Act, but it would better reflect its conservation status, Wildlife officials said.

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Downlisting to merely Threatened also allows the Fed regulators to permit occasional habitat degradations and mitigation for this wee fish.

No doubt since the goby was listed as Endangered, way way more of them were found out in the lagoons of California because people had to look for them because they were listed as Endangered.

Tip for any more commenters here: goby with a Y, not and I as in gobI.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
March 20, 2014 at 7:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Now if they could just do the same with the Western Snowy Plover!

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
March 20, 2014 at 10:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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