Key Fact: Reclassification and status change

In December 2019, JSRIP submitted a proposal to reclassify June sucker from endangered to threatened as population estimates are in the thousands thanks to the joint agency efforts and partnerships. Only three other endangered fish in the United States have been downlisted; all three were eventually delisted and removed from the Endangered Species List. With sustainable protocols and studies in place and with overwhelming success and participation from all stakeholders, the June sucker was officially moved from "endangered" to the lower "threatened" status on February 3, 2021 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Local residents and business owners all can continue to reap the benefits of the June sucker story with a restored and more balanced Utah Lake ecosystem.

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