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Public Meeting Held on the Proposal to List the Grotto Sculpin under the ESA

Region 3, October 30, 2012
Grotto sculpin in a cave in Perry County.  Skin pigmentation and eyes are often reduced or absent because this species spends most of its time in underground aquatic habitats.
Grotto sculpin in a cave in Perry County. Skin pigmentation and eyes are often reduced or absent because this species spends most of its time in underground aquatic habitats. - Photo Credit: n/a

The Columbia Missouri Ecological Services Field office held a public meeting in Perryville, Missouri, on October 30, 2012, to provide information and answer questions on the proposed listing of the grotto sculpin under the Endangered Species Act. Shauna Marquardt, Paul McKenzie, and Amy Salveter represented the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Missouri Department of Conservation was represented by staff from the Fisheries Division. More than 120 citizens from Perry County and surrounding areas were in attendance.The grotto sculpin is a small cave-dependent fish that exists in only five cave systems in Perry County, Missouri. The grotto sculpin is threatened predominately by water quality issues that occur in the complex karst system in which it lives. Aquatic habitat of the grotto sculpin occurs on both private land and land owned by municipal government. The Service hopes to establish a conservation partnership with the citizens and local governments of Perry County that includes other state and federal agencies. Such a partnership could work to find solutions and implement measures to address water quality concerns - these measures not only would benefit the well-being of the grotto sculpin, but also the citizens of Perry County.

Contact Info: Shauna Marquardt, 573-234-2132 x174, shauna_marquardt@fws.gov