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Weapons testing and endangered fish coexist in Florida

February 12, 2012

Okaloosa darters (Etheostoma okaloosae) are small fish found only in a few streams in the Florida panhandle. This species has been listed since 1973 as endangered due to habitat alteration resulting from erosion, the potential competition from brown darters (E. edwini), and a limited geographic distribution. In recent years, however, Okaloosa darters have benefited from improved resource management and adaptive population monitoring techniques developed collaboratively by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Loyola University New Orleans, and Eglin Air Force Base. As a result, the FWS reclassified the Okaloosa darter to the less critical category of threatened in March 2011.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2011
Title Weapons testing and endangered fish coexist in Florida
Authors Howard Jelks, Bill Tate, Frank Jordan
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Endangered Species Bulletin
Index ID 70004745
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Southeast Ecological Science Center