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Endangered-Species-Act

  • Endangered mountain sweet pitcher plants need specific conditions to survive. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Critical Habitat under the Endangered Species Act

    When the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes an animal or plant for listing as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act, we identify specific areas that contain the physical or biological features essential to its conservation. This is the species’ “critical habitat.”  Learn more...

Faq

  • A small fish with a tan underbelly and brown markings.
    Information icon Pearl darter. Photo credit USFWS.

    Proposed Critical Habitat for the Pearl Darter in Mississippi: Frequently Asked Questions

    July 12, 2021 | 7 minute read

    What is the pearl darter? The pearl darter (Percina aurora) is a small (2 to 2.5 inches long) snub-nosed fish found in pools or deep runs of flowing streams and rivers. It is a bottom dwelling species generally found over sand, gravel, or bedrock in slow to moderate currents. Where does it occur?  Native to the Pascagoula River system of Mississippi and the Pearl River system of Mississippi and Louisiana, pearl darters continue to survive in the Pascagoula River system but have not been seen in the Pearl River system for more than 40 years.  Learn more...

  • Suwannee Moccasinshell Critical Habitat Questions and Answers

    June 30, 2021 | 7 minute read

    What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? The Service is designating critical habitat for the Suwannee moccasinshell under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). What is the range of the Suwannee moccasinshell? The Suwannee moccasinshell, a small freshwater mussel, was historically present throughout much of the Suwannee River Basin, including the Suwannee River main stem in Florida, Santa River sub-basin in Florida, and the Withlacoochee River in Florida and Georgia.  Learn more...

  • A small fish with tan and brown markings blending into the pebble substrate.
    Information icon Frecklebelly madtom. Photo by USFWS.

    Frecklebelly madtom proposed listing, 4(d) rule and critical habitat frequently asked questions

    November 17, 2020 | 7 minute read

    What is the frecklebelly madtom and where does it occur? The frecklebelly madtom is a small, stout catfish that inhabits the main channels and tributaries of medium to large river systems in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. The fish has a broad but scattered distribution across the Pearl River and Mobile Basin drainages. Throughout its range, the frecklebelly madtom primarily occupies streams and rivers within the Gulf Coastal Plain province.  Learn more...

  • Tawny brown shell rests in outstretched hand. Shell covers index and middle fingers.
    Information icon Canoe Creek clubshell. Photo by USFWS.

    Proposed listing and proposed critical habitat for Canoe Creek clubshell

    November 2, 2020 | 4 minute read

    What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking? Based on a review of the best available science, the Service is proposing to list the Canoe Creek clubshell as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We are also proposing to designate critical habitat for the species. The ESA defines endangered as a species that is likely to become extinct in the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range.  Learn more...

News

  • Tiny yellow fish with brown speckling.
    Information icon Pearl darter. Photo credit: M. Wagner, USFWS.

    Service Proposes Critical Habitat for Threatened Pearl Darter in Mississippi

    July 12, 2021 | 5 minute read

    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate critical habitat for the pearl darter, a small fish native to the Pascagoula River system of Mississippi and the Pearl River system of Mississippi and Louisiana. Pearl darters continue to survive in the Pascagoula River system but have not been seen in the Pearl River system for more than 40 years. “The protection of the pearl darter in 2017 under the Endangered Species Act paved the way for us to work together with our conservation partners in Mississippi on recovering the species,” said Leopoldo Miranda-Castro, the Service’s Regional Director.  Read the full story...

  • Dark brown, black shell mussel on a red cloth with a measuring scale
    Information icon Suwanee moccasinshell by MyFWC.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Designates Critical Habitat for Freshwater Mussel in Georgia and Florida

    June 30, 2021 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated critical habitat for the Suwannee moccasinshell, a freshwater mussel protected as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) since 2016. The Service is also finalizing an economic analysis that assesses the potential impact of the Suwannee moccasinshell’s critical habitat designation on various sectors of the economy. The Service received no substantive comments during the public comment period, and there are no changes to the proposed units as published on November 27, 2019.  Read the full story...

  • Small catfish with black speckling and noticeable the barbels ("whiskers") around the mouth.
    Information icon The Carolina madtom. Photo by D Biggins, former USFWS, 1992.

    Service Provides Endangered Species Protections for the Carolina Madtom and Neuse River Waterdog

    June 8, 2021 | 5 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized regulations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to protect the Carolina madtom a small catfish, and the Neuse River waterdog, an aquatic salamander. The Carolina madtom will receive protection as an endangered species, and 257 river miles will be designated as its critical habitat. The Neuse River waterdog will be protected as a threatened species with an ESA Section 4(d) rule, and 779 river miles will be designated as its critical habitat.  Read the full story...

  • A small fish with tan and brown markings blending into the pebble substrate.
    Information icon Frecklebelly madtom. Photo by USFWS.

    Service proposes to list population of frecklebelly madtom as threatened under Endangered Species Act

    November 17, 2020 | 4 minute read

    Following a review of the best available science, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list a population of the frecklebelly madtom in the Upper Coosa River in Georgia and Tennessee as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposal, which would provide protections to this distinct population segment (DPS), also includes proposing critical habitat and a 4(d) rule for this population. The frecklebelly madtom is a small catfish that inhabits channels and tributaries of medium to large river systems in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.  Read the full story...

  • Tawny brown shell rests in outstretched hand. Shell covers index and middle fingers.
    Information icon Canoe Creek clubshell. Photo by USFWS.

    Service seeks public comment on proposal to list Alabama mussel under the Endangered Species Act

    November 2, 2020 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the Canoe Creek clubshell, a freshwater mussel found only in a single watershed in northern Alabama, as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service is also proposing critical habitat protections for the species. The clubshell requires clean, flowing water to survive, and according to a science-based review, sedimentation, poor water quality, loss of habitat and events such as droughts and floods, have devastated clubshell populations.  Read the full story...

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