2009-05-21 / Local & State

Feds Reject Coaster Brook Trout As Endangered

By John Flesher AP ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Federal officials have decided against placing the coaster brook trout on the endangered species list.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published its decision Monday in the Federal Register. It said coasters were not distinct enough from other types of brook trout to justify listing them as endangered or establishing protected habitat for them.

"Coasters'' migrate from streams to lakes, then spend most of their lives drifting along the coast. They tend to grow larger than other brook trout, which stay within rivers and streams.

They were once abundant in the upper Great Lakes. Now, the only self-sustaining populations on the U.S. side are in four Lake Superior streams.

The Sierra Club petitioned the government in 2006 to designate the coaster as endangered.

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