Photo by David Neely/Georgia Department of Natural Resources

The endangered species list now has another fish on its list.

The trispot darter fish, a freshwater fish, has been added to the list by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The addition made by federal officials comes after the habitat of a fish became threatened by development in a number of southern states, Georgia being one of them.

The trispot darter fish is native to the Coosa River, which carries through parts of northern Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama. It’s also found in the Conasauga River. But recent developments have threatened the fish, mainly because of storm water runoff, according to Al.com which has reported on the addition to the list and the development.

Back in 1982, the fish was named to need protection for the fish, but was not requested to be placed on the endangered species list until late 2017.

Previously, the trispot darte fish was thought to be extinct in Alabama for more than five decades until  2008 when it was once again spotted in Little Canoe Creek.

Because the fish is now on the endangered species list, it is illegal to be caught or sold.

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1 COMMENT

  1. “illegal to be caught or sold.” Is there a market for a 1.5 inch fish? How will making this marketing illegal help keep the fish safe from drought and flood? What about those wishing to study the fish and increase its distribution? Why must the federal government spend time and money on such local trivia? Who is John Galt?

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