NANFA-- "... these ugly fish..."

Hoover, Jan J WES (
Wed, 18 Aug 1999 16:16:20 -0500

There is an article on the Alabama sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus suttkusi) in the
July/August issue of "River Crossings" (Vol. 8, No.4).

It states that listing the sturgeon as an endangered species:

i) is opposed by the Alabama-Tombigbee Coalition [a business group]
because it could interrupt river-based commerce.

ii) is opposed by state Rep. Johnny Ford who said "We don't want these
ugly fish in the state of Alabama."

iii) could cost 20,000 jobs according to 1993 study by the University of
South Alabama and Troy University

iv) is supported by approx 2/3 of Alabama voters

v) would not stop commercial activities due to listings of other fish
species according to USFWS Regional Director Sam Hamilton

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