Pinto Abalone Status Review
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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Aleutian Islands coral garden, photo: Bob Stone

Pinto Abalone

Pinto Abalone Status Review

pinto abalone Juvenile pinto abalone. Photo: D. Witting, NOAA.

On December 29, 2014 NMFS announced that listing the pinto abalone as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is not warranted. This decision was informed by the December 2014 Pinto Abalone Status Review report which compiled the best available information for the species. The Status Review and ESA-listing decision was conducted in response to two petitions submitted to NMFS in 2013.

On July 1, 2013 the Natural Resources Defense Council petitioned NMFS to list the pinto abalone throughout its range as threatened or endangered under the ESA, and to designate critical habitat for the species. On August 5, 2013 NMFS received a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity to list the pinto abalone under the ESA. The petitioners identified a number of potential threats to the species, including overfishing, poaching, sea otter predation, and environmental change. These potential threats are discussed in the December 2014 Pinto Abalone Status Review.

The pinto abalone ranges from Southeast Alaska to Baja California, Mexico. The pinto abalone is currently identified as a Species of Concern under the ESA by NMFS.

Pinto Abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana)

Status Review


Species Information

Contact Information

Sadie Wright
PH: (907) 586-7630
Email: Sadie Wright

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