Desperate Dozen: Fish Species on the Brink of Extinction

By the Southeastern Fisheries Council

vermilion darter from Fishes of Alabama and the Mobile BasinExperts from the Southeastern Fishes Council have identified twelve southeastern fish species, the Desperate Dozen, that are disappearing the most rapidly from their home ranges. Some species like the Alabama sturgeon could vanish forever within a few years. We decided to focus our efforts on those twelve species most likely to become extinct in order to reverse their precipitous decline and put them on the path to recovery. These species were selected through a three round process using the criteria of range size, abundance, and severity of threats. Though most of these species are small in size and range, their role in the region is large. Our native fishes are part of our natural heritage in the Southeast. We have to conserve that heritage so that our kids and grandkids can enjoy the same quality of life - and fishes - that we have now.

The full report is available on the Southeastern Fishes Council Web site.

Alabama fishes listed are:

     Alabama sturgeon

     Alabama cavefish

     pygmy sculpin

     vermilion darter

     spring pygmy sunfish