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Final Rule Reclassifying the Gila Trout from Endangered to Threatened with a Special Rule "
Southwest Region, July 18, 2006
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On July 18, 2006, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published a final rule reclassifying the Gila trout from endangered to threatened.  Protective regulations, conservation measures, and recovery actions have substantially improved the status of the Gila trout.  As part of the final rule, we developed a special rule of section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended, to offer recreational fishing that protect and conserve Gila trout. Changes to the recreational fishing regulations will be made by Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) and New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) agencies in collaboration with the Service.  The Gila trout was originally recognized as endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966, and Federal designation of the species as endangered continued under the 1973 Act.  Through recovery activities in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, NMDGF, AGFD, and New Mexico State University, we have increased the number of Gila trout populations from 4 at the time of listing to 12 current populations.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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