MIAMI (AP) — U.S. wildlife authorities say the Alabama shad may be a fish species that needs protection under the Endangered Species Act.
The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced that it will conduct a review to determine whether the Alabama shad should be declared a threatened or endangered species. The agency regulates endangered species in the ocean.
The Alabama shad spends most of its life in the ocean but it breeds in fresh water. It was once found in rivers from Florida to Oklahoma, but only a handful of populations survive in rivers in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri.
The Center for Biological Diversity sued the agency in 2012 over protections for the fish. In a settlement in June, the government agreed to reevaluate the shad's status.