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Endangered Species Act
Wed January 5, 2011
Habitat protection plan for Pacific smelt
NOAA Fisheries Service is proposing habitat protection for the threatened Pacific smelt. The proposal released Wednesday would designate about 292 miles of freshwater creeks, rivers and estuaries in Washington, Oregon and California as critical habitat areas.
The small silvery fish also known as eulachon or candlefish face threats from climate change, declining river flows, and shrimp fishing. The fish received federal protection last March.
KPLU's Tom Banse reported last spring on how important the smelt have been to the vitality of Northwest tribes, according to ecologist Nathan Reynolds with the Cowlitz Tribe:
"It is not as highly visible as the salmon, but it essentially is the second most important fish for all of the indian communities living along the lower Columbia River."
NOAA is planning for a public meeting scheduled Jan. 26th in Portland, Ore.