FWS Finalizes Threatened Status for Rare Catfish in Georgia and Tennessee

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a final rule that protects a population of frecklebelly madtom in the Upper Coosa River of Georgia and Tennessee as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The agency also proposed to designate 134 miles of the Etowah and Conasauga rivers as protected critical habitat for the imperiled catfish, but the proposal still would allow logging to continue. The rule becomes effective on April 3, 2023.