Tag: Big Sandy Crayfish
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April 6, 2016 | 7 minute read
Following a review of the best available science, peer review and public comment, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has protected the Guyandotte River crayfish as endangered and the Big Sandy crayfish as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. What are the ranges of the Guyandotte River and Big Sandy crayfish? Occurrence data, historical habitat characteristics, and information from species experts indicate that the Big Sandy crayfish’s historical range likely included streams throughout the upper Big Sandy River basin, which covers 10 counties in Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia. Learn more...
Agency identifies habitat essential for the conservation of two rare crayfishes, seeks public comment
January 27, 2020 | 3 minute read
The Big Sandy and Guyandotte River crayfishes have disappeared from many of the streams they once occupied in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, leading the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect both species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 2016. The agency has now completed the next step required by the ESA: identifying areas of habitat that are essential for the species’ conservation. Critical habitat helps focus conservation efforts where they are most needed, particularly those of federal agencies. Read the full story...
Endangered Species Act protections finalized for two Appalachian crayfishes in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia
April 6, 2016 | 4 minute read
Just months after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s April 2015 proposal to protect the Big Sandy crayfish and Guyandotte River crayfish as endangered, the agency sent a crayfish expert into the central Appalachians to look for more. The goal: to determine if the outlook for the two creatures was better than previous data indicated. After combing hundreds of likely sites in the Big Sandy and Guyandotte River watersheds in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky, the survey team from West Liberty University had mixed results. Read the full story...
December 14, 2015 | 3 minute read
New survey reports for the Guyandotte River and Big Sandy crayfishes are now available for public review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. In light of these survey reports and to allow for additional public involvement, the agency has re-opened the comment period for 30 days until January 14, 2016. The Service used the best available information to propose in April 2015 to protect both species as endangered. Read the full story...
Endangered Species Act protections proposed for two Appalachian Crayfishes in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia
April 6, 2015 | 4 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to list the Big Sandy crayfish and the Guyandotte River crayfish as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Read the full story...