Thursday, September 28, 2006
Gila trout stocks making a comeback
Once threatened with extinction, Gila trout are making a come back in Southern New Mexico and Arizona. Craig Springer of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service writes about their return and the possibility of future sport fishing for them in this article for Fishing World.
Since the inception of the Endangered Species Act in 1973, the Gila trout has been considered endangered with extinction. That changed in July 2006. Finally after much work by the Game and Fish departments in New Mexico and Arizona, the US Forest Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, New Mexico State University, and conservation groups over the course of decades, the Gila trout was down-listed to threatened, with a special provision that will allow limited sport fishing for the first time in nearly half a century.
Thanks to Craig for the good news and an excellent article.