No Endangered Species Protection for Pinto Abalone

December 29, 2014 10:50 AM

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(Photo : Janna Nichols/Seadoc Society) The pinto abalone is considered as a prize catch and a delicacy among gourmands.

The pinto abalone native to the U.S. West Coast will apparently not be granted federal protection, according to the National Marine Fisheries Services. Petitions to declare the pinto abalone an endangered species were made last year.

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