Service Initiates Endangered Species Act Status Review of 10 Foreign Sturgeon Species

September 24, 2013

Claire Cassel
(703) 358-2357
cell: (703) 346-9941


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today made a positive 90-day finding on a petition to list 10 foreign sturgeon species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service’s determination signifies that there is substantial information indicating that a listing as threatened or endangered may be warranted for the 10 species.
The species include: Siberian sturgeon (Acipenser baerii), Yangtze sturgeon (Acipenser dabryanus), Russian sturgeon (Acipenser gueldenstaedtii), Ship sturgeon (Acipenser nudiventris), Persian sturgeon (Acipenser persicus), Amur sturgeon (Acipenser schrenckii), Stellate sturgeon (Acipenser stellatus), Syr-Darya sturgeon (Pseudoscaphirhynchus fedtschenkoi), Dwarf sturgeon (Pseudoscaphirhynchus hermanni), and the Amu Darya sturgeon (Pseudoscaphirhynchus kaufmanni).
In March 2012, a petition was sent to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) requesting the ESA listing of 15 sturgeon species. NMFS and the Service subsequently determined that 10 of those species are under the Service’s jurisdiction.
As a result of the positive 90-day finding, the Service will now conduct a 12-month status review of the species to determine whether listing is warranted. If the status review finds that listing is warranted, the Service will undertake a separate rulemaking to add one or more of these sturgeon species to the list of species protected under the ESA.
To ensure a comprehensive status review, the Service is soliciting scientific and commercial information from the public regarding these species, in particular their status and threats. To ensure incorporation into the status review, information should be received by November 25, 2013.
Written comments and information concerning the status review for these species can be submitted by one of the following methods:
•           Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2013-0051; or
•           U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: [FWS-HQ-ES-2013-0051]; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042–PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.
For more information on the ESA’s petition process, go to http://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/listing-petition-process.html

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