East Alabama Fish May be Added to Threatened Species List
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to add a tiny East Alabama fish to the threatened species list. The Trispot Darter fish is less than two-inches long and acts a lot like a tiny Salmon in that it travels upstream from its usual river habitat to spawn in smaller creeks and tributaries. Researchers say that the primary threats to the darter occur as they migrate to and from their spawning areas and encounter man-made structures like dams and under-road culverts. The fish can be found throughout the Coosa River basin in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, and specifically in Little Canoe Creek in St. Clair County and in Ballplay Creek in Cherokee and Etowah Counties. The public is invited to comment on the proposal and can find more information online at www.fws.gov.