Five Wild Picks / Good News for Aquatic Wildlife
Wildlife faced a lot of challenges in 2018, but there's been some good news, too, as communities and activists continue to fight for their future. Here are five headlines you may have missed for stories of hope for aquatic animals:
1) New Giant Salamander Discovered: A two-foot-long spotted salamander with frilly gills behind its head, named the reticulated siren, has been confirmed in Florida and Alabama.
2) Washington Proposes Plan for Orca Recovery: Washington's governor put together a $1.1 billion plan to restore salmon habitat, address storm water pollution and reduce boat traffic in an effort to save the Pacific Northwest's orca population.
3) Habitat Protection Proposed for Endangered Turtles: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed critical habitat protections for the only known population of Sonoyta mud turtles.
4) Court Upholds Mexican Seafood Ban to Protect Vaquitas: A federal court rejected the Trump administration's challenge to a ban on the import of seafood caught by gillnet in vaquita habitat, keeping pressure on the Mexican government to ban all gillnets and protect the remaining members of the species.
5) Colorful Appalachian Fish Gains Endangered Species Protections: The candy darter has been listed as "endangered" by the Fish and Wildlife Service, which will help this rainbow-colored freshwater fish get more resources dedicated to its recovery.