Endangered Species Act |
Recovery and Delisting |
Safe Harbor Program |
Habitat Conservation Plan |
Candidate Conservation Program
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is responsible for the protection and restoration of plants and animals that are in danger of extinction. The Service identifies species that are endangered or threatened and works with other scientists to develop recovery plans. Recovery plans identify actions needed to conserve listed species and increase their numbers. Safe Harbor and Habitat Conservation Plans are two programs designed to assist with recovery of threatened or endangered species.
Candidate species are species for which the Service has information to support a threatened or endangered status, but although warranted for listing, are precluded by higher priority species. Candidate Conservation Plans are designed to assist with recovery of candidate species.
The Service also consults with other federal agencies and provides environmental recommendations on the effects of proposed federal projects.
South Dakota Species Information
* Shells of these species have been found, but no populations have been located.
Shovelnose sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus platorynchus) have been listed as threatened due to similarity of appearance to the endangered pallid sturgeon. This rule extends take prohibitions to shovelnose sturgeon, shovelnose-pallid sturgeon hybrids, and their roe when associated with a commercial fishing activity in areas where pallid sturgeon and shovelnose sturgeon commonly coexist. This designation of similarity of appearance does not extend any other protections of the Act, such as the requirements to designate critical habitat, the recovery planning provisions or consultation requirements for Federal agencies under section 7.