Aquatic species proposed for listing as endangered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has published a proposed rule to list the Altamaha spinymussel (Elliptio spinosa) as an endangered species and designate 149 miles of mainstream river channel in southeastern Georgia as critical habitat (Federal Register 75: 61664–61690). In addition, the National Marine Fisheries Service has published two proposed rules to list five Distinct Population Segments of the Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus), one as threatened and four as endangered (Federal Register 75: 61872–61904 and 61904–61929). All three proposed rules include assertions about the potential impacts of forestry practices and manufacturing facilities on water quality in rivers along the Atlantic Coast.

NCASI is developing technical comments on the proposed rules. Comments on the proposed rule to list the Altamaha spinymussel must be submitted to the USFWS on or before December 6, 2010. Comments related to the Atlantic sturgeon are due on or before January 4, 2011.

Final NCASI comments will be available to members via the NCASI website. Member companies who wish to contribute data or other information for inclusion in the NCASI technical comments should contact Ben Wigley or Paul Wiegand.

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