Despite a ban on harvest and the creation of a captive breeding program, remnant populations of pinto abalone are not reproducing in the wild and may be facing local extinction. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comment on a proposal to list the pinto abalone (read it here) as a State Endangered Species.
For thousands of years, abalone provided food and shells for local tribes, only to be fished out by poachers and over-harvested due to poor management. Now they are functionally extinct, meaning there are so few they can’t find a mate and reproduce.
SeaDoc-funded studies provided important science on abalone genetics, habitat needs, and ideal size for releasing hatchery-reared abalone. It’s a small investment in science that has helped guarantee a scientifically-based recovery program for abalone.
Now we need your help! Please review the report and provide your comments to WDFW.
Abalone photo by Josh Bouma
READ THE REPORT & SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT
Submit your feedback:
P.O. Box 43200
Olympia, WA 98504-3200
Attend the upcoming public meeting in Anacortes:
December 10, 2018 6:00 p.m.
Anacortes Public Library
1220 10th Street, Anacortes, WA 9822