FWS Declines Listing Status for Black Creek Crayfish

The U.S. Fish Wildlife Service has announced its findings that there is insufficient scientific justification to proceed with listing the Black Creek Crayfish as either endangered or threatened. FWS’ announcement comes in response to a petition for listing more than 400 aquatic species (including the Black Creek crayfish) that the Center for Biological Diversity, Gulf Coast Restoration Network, and others submitted more than a decade ago. FWS’ lengthy delay in adequately responding to the 2010 petition is the subject of ongoing litigation between the environmental organizations and FWS.