Endangered Listing for Eel will Hurt CT Businesses

An endangered listing for eels could affect recreational fishermen along the coast. Photo/NOAA/Andy Martinez

HartfordBusiness.com: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering listing the American eel as an endangered species, a move with many long-term ramifications for Connecticut businesses.

The eel is widespread in Connecticut’s waterways; but if the fish achieves endangered status, the federal government and environmental groups would have a vast amount of authority to protect the species.

Fish and Wildlife is in the midst of a public comment period on the matter now, an early stage on the road to putting the eel on the endangered or threatened species list. Given the many implications an endangered species can have on an area—particularly its economic operations—businesses will want to get on this issue early.

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