View Full Version : Spikedace & Loach

12-24-2005, 01:24 PM
Albuquerque NM, Associated Press:

A new movie, perhaps, TV show that didn't make it past the pilot? None of the above but instead a couple of small fish as in minnows, less than 3" long. So, what does this have to do with Jeeps? Well simple Bio Breath seems like these little guys are 'threatened' under the Endangered Species Act.

Moreover, just where do they live? You guessed it! Arizona and New Mexico, in portions of the Gila, San Francisco, Blue, Black, Verde and Lower San Pedro rivers and some tributaries in Apache, Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal, and Yavapai counties. The designation, which includes a 300-foot buffer zone on the banks, would encompass waterways thru federal, state, and private lands. Dont ask me why a 3 long fish needs a 300 buffer zone on either side of the creek it hangs out in.

It might also be noted that the US Fish & Wildlife Service has twice before designated critical habitat for the two fish. However, it was struck down by federal courts, seems as though these fish just can't get a friggin break in life.

Nevertheless, the agency keeps on issuing a 'critical-habitat' designation after our friends in Tucson, the Center for Biological Diversity sued and sued again. Thank GAWD we got these folks looking out for 'ole Spike and Loach, which sounds more like a carney act akin to Abbott and Costello or cheap whisky.

The agency did say that Spike lives in 10% - 15% and Loach in only 15% - 20% of its historical range.

12-24-2005, 02:27 PM
sadly...the silvery minnow is in the dang papers here quit a few times a year.