On Tuesday, a 3-½ inch minnow found only in Oregon’s Willamette Valley made a big splash. No longer threatened with extinction, the Oregon chub became the first fish proposed for removal from the Endangered Species list.
We listed the Oregon chub as endangered in 1993 for several reasons. Mainly, its native floodplain habitat was disappearing, and the fish was losing out to such nonnative fish as the bass and bluegill. In 1993, just eight known populations with fewer than 1,000 fish were known to exist. Thanks to lots of hard work, the population now stands at more than 150,000 fish at 80 locations. Just stunning!
The chub’s recovery is something we’re proud of. But what’s even better is how it recovered.