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Conserving the Nature of America

Juvenile American eel about to be released upstream from the Conowingo Dam in Maryland on the Susquehanna River.
Greg Thompson/USFWS

American eel population remains stable, does not need ESA protection

Following an in-depth status review, the Service announced today that the American eel is stable and does not need protection under the Endangered Species Act. Nonetheless, for the species’ long-term stability, the agency recommends continuing efforts to maintain healthy habitats, monitor harvest levels, and improve river passage for migrating eels. The review was largely based on a peer-reviewed biological species report, which, along with other scientific and commercial information, indicated that the eel’s single population is overall stable and not in danger of extinction (endangered) or likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future (threatened).

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Published on: Wednesday, October 07,2015

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