JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A species of fish found in some waters of northeast Alabama and throughout the Tennessee River has been removed from the endangered species list.
According to a press release from the US Department of the Interior, the snail darter, a small freshwater fish, has been removed from the endangered animals list after the species recovered from threats aimed at to eliminate the population.
The snail stinger is the fifth species of fish from the eastern United States to be delisted.
“The snail stinger recovery is a remarkable conservation milestone that tells the story of how controversy and polarization can evolve into cooperation and great conservation success,” said U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. “By protecting even the smallest creatures, we show who we are as a country; that we care about our environment and that we recognize the interdependence of our land, wildlife and people.
According to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), the snail stinger was initially thought to be found only in the Tennessee River. They have since been spotted in parts of the Paint Rock River in Jackson County, Alabama.
The small fish is characterized by having eyes up its head, a speckled brown back, a blunt snout, and rounded pectoral and pelvic fins. They are usually 2.2 to 3 inches long.
Learn more about the snail darter and other Alabama fish species at outdooralabama.com.
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