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‘Hooligan’ Fish Gets 300 More Miles of Critical Habitat

WASHINGTON (CN) -The National Marine Fisheries Service has designated 335 miles of critical habitat for the Pacific eulachon, a smelt like anadromous fish listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act since 2010.

According to the agency, the eulachon, also known as the "hooligan," is threatened by habitat loss due to global warming, water diversions, and poor water quality.

The designated critical habitat areas, a combination of freshwater creeks and rivers, and their associated estuaries, will provide protected spawning areas for the fish.

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