U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Southeast Region News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         Vicki M. Boatwright

January 10, 1995


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public input on a plan to recover the relict darter, a 2 1/2-inch- long fish that was listed as endangered on December 27, 1993.

Females and nonbreeding males have light tan-colored backs and sides with brown mottling and six to eight dark brown saddles. This darter is endemic to the Bayou du Chien drainage. Within this drainage, the fish is now known from five sites in Graves and Hickman counties, Kentucky, and it is known to spawn in only one Bayou du Chien tributary in Graves County. The species has been and continues to be impacted by water quality and habitat deterioration resulting from channel dredging, siltation contributed by poor land use practices, and by other water pollutants. The fish's limited distribution also makes it vulnerable to toxic chemical spills.

A recovery plan provides Federal and State agencies and other parties with a guide to a species' recovery by outlining those factors that are threatening the species and by identifying specific tasks that, when accomplished, should ensure the species' survival and recovery. The primary goal of this recovery plan is to protect and, if possible, expand the existing relict darter population. Life history studies, habitat restoration, and public education are among the management actions outlined in the plan.

The Service will collect written comments on the recovery plan over the next 60 days. Copies of the technical/agency draft plan can be obtained from the Service by writing to the Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 330 Ridgefield Court, Asheville, North Carolina 28806, or by calling 704/665-1195.

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