More and more marine creatures are threatened by the systemic conditions in the global waters. For that reason conservation groups are constantly lobbying for listing them as endangered species. The most recent case, that of the pinto abalone, did not end well for the conservation lobbyists. Environmentalist groups are disappointed with a recent federal decision dismissing their request to include the shellfish species on the Endangered Species Act.
The much cherished sea snail, pinto abalone is not threatened with extinction and does not need to be included in the list of Endangered Species Act for the time being according to a press release issued by the federal agency. The announcement came after the agency has reviewed its status based on recent data.Inhabiting the seas from Alaska to Baja California, the species is appreciated for its nice flavor and its pearl hosting shell. The agency was appealed by two group lobbying nature conservation requesting a status review in July last year.
As per the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Center for Biological Diversity, this species requires federal protection due to the fact that the pinto abalone population variety has dropped from 80% to 99%. The mollusks are endangered by a series of factors including environmental change, acidic waters, poaching and long-term overfishing, according to the lobby groups.
Brad Sewell, a senior lawyer for Natural Resources Defense Council recently declared that the federal agency’s decision is disillusioning as he considers the pinto abalone should have at least meet the requirements to rank as a threatened species.
A group of experts appointed by the federal authorities examined the elements that could affect the snails and based on their findings they their recommendations claimed that nor in the present or the near future is the species in peril of extinction. However, the federal agency gave the pinto abalone the status of ‘species of concern’.
The Federal Register is to publish this Monday the official status review. Groups militating for natural preservation claim that the species has almost vanished in Northern California and is lessening in Southern California.
Washington had never approved business fishery and shut its waters to recreational angling in 1994. Alaska as well shut its commercial fishery in 1996, but fishing is still allowed for individual use. Canada restricted all angling in 1990.
Pinto abalone is located in dispersed intertidal zones and very low tides leave them uncovered. It is the predominant species in Washington State, British Columbia and Alaska and is frequently alluded to as the northern abalone. Federal authorities announced this week that overfishing has led to a decrease in shellfish numbers but the pinto abalone range is still very present all through most of the reviewed sites.
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