Sunday, 24 November 2013

Pinto Abalone Slides Toward Endangered Status (Op-Ed)

endangered species, pinto abaloneBrad Sewell is a senior attorney for the NRDC. This Op-Ed was adapted from a post on the NRDC blog Switchboard. Sewell contributed this article to LiveScience's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

In June, the Natural Resources Defense Council submitted a petition to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to list the pinto abalone as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act. Monitoring shows populations of this important marine mollusc have declined by 80 to 99 percent. In many areas, the decline occurred after the closure of pinto abalone fisheries.

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