National Marine Fisheries Service Lists Pacific Smelt As Threatened

The National Marine Fisheries Service ("NMFS") has issued a final determination (PDF) listing the southern Distinct Population Segment of Pacific eulachon (commonly referred to as "pacific smelt") as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act.  Because the pacific smelt has only been listed as a "threatened species," the listing does not result in an immediate prohibition on pacific smelt harvesting.  NMFS can, however, extend such a prohibition via regulation.  And in the final determination NMFS stated that in the future it will be making a critical habitat determination and considering the need for protective regulations.  As for the immediate future, the listing determination will require federal agencies to consult with NMFS on any federal action that may result in jeopardy to the pacific smelt.    

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