30 Jun '13, 4pm

Fragile species now faces a perilous future: Rescuing the Pinto Abalone #endangered #marinelife #oceans

With its stunning mother-of-pearl shell and tasty muscular foot, the pinto abalone has long been considered a prize catch along the west coast of North America. Scientists are also increasingly worried that the pinto abalone is on the leading edge of effects from rising levels of greenhouse gases sent into our atmosphere and absorbed by our oceans, namely global warming and ocean acidification. Because of this “double whammy,” this fragile species now faces a perilous future, and even possible extinction, if we don’t act quickly. That’s why NRDC submitted a petition to the National Marine Fisheries Service today to list the pinto abalone as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act. (Photo by ADFG ) From Alaska down to Baja, Mexico, the pinto abalone used to populate shallow coastal areas in abundant numbers. The shell of this large sea snail can reach upwards of six i...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/bsewell/rescuing_the_pi...

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