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Posted by jlyle on December 22, 2006 at 15:06:05:

In Reply to: petition to list the black abalone under endangered species act posted by Jim on December 22, 2006 at 14:37:28:

IMHO, the black abalone is not an endangered species. There is no evidence to suggest that Haliotis cratcherodii is nearing extinction. While decimated by whithering foot disease and overharvested in years past, there remain sufficient numbers of black abalone along the coast to maintain the population. Go down to the tidepools along Palos Verdes at low tide, look under the kelp fronds and between the rocks. The abs are still there.

Consider what would happen if the government were to grant protected status to H. cratherodii. Would divers, swimmers, free-divers, fishermen be banned from tidal zones?

Decisions on what species should be listed and protected by the government should be based on good science and not the number of signatures on a petition.

Just my $0.02



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