Daily Archives: April 30, 2010

Off the List and Back in Trouble

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/04/100430-energy-oil-spill-hits-gulf-coast/

I was home today and following the oil spill. Without going into detail  regarding the work of endangered species biologists working for the USFWS (Department of the Interior) or biologists with NMFS (NOAA-Commerce Department), I wanted to share this article to remind people of a contentious issue. The incident may remind you or make you aware of the controversy over delisting other species in the past.  Some endangered species’ numbers have  recovered sufficiently to warrant removal from the Endangered Species list (Endangered Species Act).  However, many would argue that several species that have recovered from the brink of extinction or at least a status of concern should remain on the list because they face an uncertain future and require continued protection under the ESA.