For Immediate Release
June 17, 1998

Contact: Diana M. Hawkins
404-679-7293

FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE AND NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE
SAY LISTING OF SPRUCE CREEK SNAIL IS UNWARRANTED

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service have determined not to list the Spruce Creek snail as a threatened species, the agencies announced today.

Both Services agree that the listing petition, as well as the petitioners' own information, failed to provide substantial evidence that protection under the Endangered Species Act for the snail is warranted. The finding is based on the absence of any documented decline in the numbers or range of the snail and a lack of demonstrated threats. The known range of the snail is located within what the Florida Environmental Regulation Commission categorizes as "Outstanding Florida Waters." The designation imposes water quality standards that should be compatible with the snail and with oysters, the snails' principal food. It is readily recognized by its large size and spiny, light-colored shell with multiple brown to grey bands and is found in the brackish water and muddy sand bottoms of Spruce Creek and adjacent estuaries in Volusia County, Florida.

Although the petition did not provide substantial information to warrant listing for the snail, the Service will continue to monitor the species and evaluate new information as it becomes available.

The National Marine Fisheries Service is part of the U.S. Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Marine Fisheries Service administers NOAA's programs which support the domestic and international conservation and management of living marine resources.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service's 94 million acres include 514 national wildlife refuges, 78 ecological services field stations, 65 national fish hatcheries, 50 wildlife coordination areas, and 38 wetland management districts with waterfowl production areas.

The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, administers the Endangered Species Act, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes Federal excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state wildlife agencies. This program is a cornerstone of the Nation's wildlife management efforts, funding fish and wildlife restoration, boating access, hunter education, shooting ranges, and related projects across America.

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Release #: R98-050


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