PACIFIC SOUTHWEST HIGHLIGHTS
Bad News: Asian Weather Loach Found in California River
Invasive species are a huge problem in the United States. It is estimated that the annual damage caused by invasive species totals more than $120 billion. When biologists at our Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office discovered an Asian weather loach during fish monitoring surveys on the San Joaquin River in Madera County in California recently, it raised lots of red flags.
Service Invites Comments on Santa Ana Sucker Draft Recovery Plan
In a positive step for the future of the Santa Ana sucker, the Service is announcing the availability of a Draft Recovery Plan. The ultimate goal of the plan is to recover Santa Ana sucker so that it can be removed from federal endangerd species list. The Service is requesting review and comments on the plan as part of a 90-day public comment period. You can find the draft plan here.
Service Extends Public Comment Period by 30 Days on Proposal
to List West Coast Population of Fisher as Threatened
The Service is extending the public comment period on its proposal to list the West Coast population of fisher as threatened under the Endangered Species Act by 30 days. The new comment deadline will be Feb. 5, 2015. The original comment period was open from Oct. 7 through Jan. 5, 2015. Specific guidance on types of information the Service is seeking and for submitting public comments can be found in the Oct. 7, 2014 Federal Register notice at https://www.federalregister.gov (search for key word "fisher"), or on the fisher webpage here.
Report 2014: Slowly Swimming Towards Recovery, California's Sea Otter Numbers Holding Steady
Biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service work alongside conservation partners to conserve and protect the southern sea otter, a federally listed Threatened species found in California. Scientists with the Service's sister agency, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), calculate a population index each year through an annual range-wide field survey to inform and guide conservation and management of the species. For 2014, USGS reports the population index as 2,944.
- Dec 15, 2014 - Plan Proposed to Reduce Time for Development Projects and Help RecoverEndangered Species in Yuba and Sutter Counties
- Dec 15, 2014 - Service Announces 30-day Extension for Public Comments on West Coast Fisher Proposal
- Dec 11, 2014 - Draft Recovery Plan for the Sonoma County California Tiger Salamander and Three Listed Plants Available
- Dec 09, 2014 - Maricopa Sun Solar Complex in Kern County to be Issued Endangered Species Permit