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Prized sea snail not at risk of extinction, federal officials say
Prized sea snail not at risk of extinction, federal officials say

The National Marine Fisheries Services has decided not to grant federal protection to the pinto abalone, a prized six-inch sea snail whose population has severely declined in Northern California. The federal agency’s decision is in response to separate petitions submitted last year by a pair of conservation groups which requested that the the sea snail be listed under the Endangered Species Act. The pinto abalone is considered a treasure on the West Coast. The sea snail’s mottled red and green mother-of-pearl shell is used for decorative purposes while its large muscular foot is a culinary delicacy. The national fisheries agency said a team of experts evaluated the...

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