The information in this section was taken verbatim from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service draft revised Pallid Sturgeon Recovery Plan (April, 2013)
Section 4(a)(1) of the Endangered Species Act (Act) requires that listing decisions be based on the five factors outlined below. These threats are explained here to provide a context for actions necessary to restore the species to healthy population levels no longer meeting the definition of endangered, and ultimately, no longer meeting the definition of threatened. Section 3 of the Act defines a species as “endangered” if it is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range and as “threatened” if it is likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range.
- Factor A: Present or Threatened Destruction, Modification or Curtailment of it’s Habitat or Range
- Factor B: Overutilization for Commercial, Recreational, Scientific, or Educational Purposes
- Factor C: Disease or Predation
- Factor D: Inadequacy of Existing Regulatory Mechanisms
- Factor E: Other Natural or Manmade Factors Affecting its Continued Existence