ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT PROFILE

PROTECTION STATUS: Not listed

PETITIONED: 2013

RANGE: Intertidal habitats along the West Coast of North America from Sitka Island, Alaska, to Turtle Bay, Baja California

THREATS: Poaching, climate change and related ocean acidification and warming

POPULATION TREND: Pinto abalone have declined by at least 80 percent throughout their range. Following a ban on commercial harvest, populations continue to decline in most areas, with many places experiencing zero reproductive success, meaning that they are effectively extinct.


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