US adds Yangtze sturgeon fish to endangered species list
May 1, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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The United States has placed a new fish on its foreign endangered species list.
(CNN)The United States has placed a new fish on its foreign endangered species list.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service determined the Yangtze sturgeon warranted listing as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, according to a press release.
That's to ensure people under US jurisdiction don't contribute to further decline of the species, according the FWS, which has more than 600 foreign species on its list.
China has imposed fishing bans on the Yangtze sturgeon, but the species is still losing numbers.
The FWS said it does not have a population estimate for the species but noted natural reproduction of the sturgeon has not been documented in the wild since 2008.
Listing foreign species as endangered can increase awareness of the species or prompt research efforts to address their conservation needs, the agency said.