Prized pinto abalone won't be listed as endangered

December 27, 2014 11:17 PM

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SEATTLE -- The National Marine Fisheries Service has declined to list a prized 6-inch Pacific Ocean marine snail as an endangered or threatened species.

The federal agency announced this week that its status review found that the pinto abalone is not in danger of extinction and does not warrant federal protection under the Endangered Species Act at this time.

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