American eel numbers are low, but stable, along the East Coast and do not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act, a multiyear federal review has concluded.
Eels — once one of the most abundant fish in many freshwater streams — have suffered large population declines over the last century, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which had rejected a petition to list eels as threatened or endangered in 2007, said little had changed since that decision, and Wednesday rejected another request to list the species.[Continue Reading]
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