Golden Trout Won’t Be Listed as Endangered

After a ten-year review the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided not to give the California golden trout protection under the Endangered Species Act. “The service… determined the species is amply safeguarded by measures including a cooperative conservation agreement signed in 2004 between government agencies and private groups, including Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers,” reports Louis Sahagun in the Los Angeles Times.

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  • Flyfishxprt

    They probably don’t need that kind of protection but they do need to be managed better.  They rarely have species specific regulations, just general bag limits.  Various populations need to be protected: over-harvest (with strict size and bag limits), inter species breeding (with bows or cutts), elimination of invasive, over-competative species (like brook trout) and a better hatchery program to expand their range and numbers.