→ Critical habitat designation for the Atlantic pigtoe mussel

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service announces ‘a 12-month finding on a petition to list the Atlantic pigtoe (Fusconaia masoni) as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act... The Atlantic pigtoe is a freshwater mussel native to Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. After review of the best available scientific and commercial information, [the US Fish and Wildlife Service] find that listing the Atlantic pigtoe as a threatened species is warranted.’ As a result, the Service is proposing to designate critical habitat. ‘In total, approximately 542 river miles (872 river kilometers) in Virginia and North Carolina fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation.’ A draft economic analysis of the proposed designation of critical habitat is available.