NOAA Announces Determination Not to List Alewife or Blueback Herring Under the Endangered Species Act at This Time

The following announcement was issued by NOAA:

As part of our joint responsibility with U.S Fish and Wildlife Service for implementing the Endangered Species Act, we review whether species require protections under the Act.

We have completed a comprehensive status review and found a low risk of extinction for alewife and blueback herring throughout their range as well as for four alewife distinct population segments (DPS) and three blueback DPSs along the east coast of the United States.

After careful review of the status of both these species and of the identified DPSs, we have determined that listing alewife or blueback herring, or any of the seven identified DPSs under the Endangered Species Act as either threatened or endangered is not warranted at this time.

The full announcement can be found at https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USNOAAFISHERIES/bulletins/24bd1c3