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Rare Abalone One Step Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection
Center for Biological Diversity
ANCHORAGE, Alaska— In response to scientific petitions filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Center for Biological Diversity in summer 2013, the federal government announced Friday that pinto abalone may need protection under the Endangered Species Act. The 6-inch-long marine snails have declined by between 80 percent and 99 percent throughout much of their range, primarily as a result of rampant overfishing. Even with fishing now largely prohibited, the animal’s continued survival is threatened by poaching, ocean acidification and climate change.

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