Oregon Chub Removed From Endangered Species List

Feb 4, 2014

A small minnow native to Oregon's Willamette Valley has been removed from the Federal Endangered Species List. The Oregon Chub is the first fish to be delisted because its population has been restored. the announcement came Tuesday near Eugene.

Wildlife Biologist Brian Bang has an Oregon chub in his hand.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The Oregon Chub was listed as endangered 20 years ago. At that time there were only about 1,000 of the tiny fish in the Willamette Basin. Three years ago it was moved to threatened status. Now, biologists say there are more than 100,000 Oregon Chub.

Brian Bang is a Wildlife Biologist with US Fish & Wildlife. He shows reporters the tiny minnow in a tributary of the McKenzie River near Eugene. Robyn Thorson is regional director for the U-S Fish & Wildlife Service.

"In the history of the Endangered Species Act, which was enacted just over 40 years ago a fish has never been declared recovered after being listed due to it's natural recovery," says Thorson.

Other fish have been delisted because they went extinct.

Oregon Chub are only found in the state's Willamette River system.

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