By Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
Photo by Rick Swart/ODFW-
The Oregon chub today became the first fish in the United States to be taken off the federal Endangered Species List as the result of population recovery.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the delisting during a ceremony at Finley National Wildlife Refuge near Corvallis, which provides habitat for Oregon chub.
Listed as endangered in 1993 when there were only about 1,000 fish remaining, the Oregon chub has grown to an estimated 140,000 fish. The recovery was attributed to a multi-agency campaign to recover the Oregon chub population through securing new habitat, improving floodplain management and transplanting fish to more than 20 new locations.
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