From the Las Vegas Review-Journal
Happy dace are here again in springs and streams 60 miles north of Las Vegas, where new evidence suggest the endangered fish is on its way to recovery.
A population survey earlier this month counted 2,248 Moapa dace in the headwaters of the Muddy River, up 521 from a year ago and almost double the population from August 2012.
“It sounds like a broken record, but it’s definitely good news,” said Amy LaVoie, who manages the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge, where some of the dace live.
The finger-length fish with the black spot on its tail has been under federal protection since 1967, but if recent trends continue, it could be “down-listed” from endangered to threatened, LaVoie said. For that to happen, the population must reach 4,500 adult dace.
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