Feds to study if Puget Sound rockfish are endangered

A team of biologists is scheduled to review the decline of five species of Puget Sound rockfish that Olympia biologist Sam Wright says deserve protection under the Endangered Species Act.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials announced Monday that the agency has formally accepted Wright's 2007 petition on behalf of bocaccio, canary, yelloweye, greenstripe and redstripe rockfish.

Based on the biologist's recommendation, the NOAA this fall could make a preliminary decision on whether Puget Sound rockfish merit listing as threatened or endangered, officials said.

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