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“the American Shad and the Hay’s Spring Amphipod are Washington, DC’s official fish and amphipod, respectively.”

by Prince Of Petworth February 27, 2017 at 3:30 pm 8 Comments

shad
via DC Energy & Environment

From the Mayor’s office:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser was joined by Tommy Wells, Director of DC’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), and Ann Honious, National Park Service’s Deputy Superintendent of National Capital Parks – East, to sign the Fisheries and Wildlife Omnibus Amendment Act of 2016. This legislation grants DOEE more authority over the protection of natural resources as well as the sale and regulation of licenses for recreational fishing, and increases environmental protections for aquatic life, wetlands, and shorelines in Washington, DC. The Act also authorizes the Mayor to impose penalties on persons who knowingly transport or trade in certain invasive plants and nonindigenous species.

amphipod
via DC Energy & Environment

“As the nation’s capital, we need to lead the way when it comes to preserving our environment, and part of this work includes protecting our important local wildlife and precious natural ecosystems,” said Mayor Bowser. “Today, we are taking another step to ensure that our natural habitats are protected for residents and future generations to enjoy.”

The signing of the Act is the latest in a series of environmental commitments by the Bowser Administration. In just the past year, the Administration has signed the Anacostia River Accord and the Renewable Portfolio Standard bill, launched Climate Ready DC, and announced the Canopy 3,000 Tree Planting Initiative.

The new legislation also expands various regulations around fishing in Washington, DC.

“The District is home to abundant wildlife and natural habitat,” said DOEE Director Tommy Wells. “The new legislation gives us important tools to preserve, protect, and enjoy these critical resources – including expanded access to recreational fishing.”

At the signing, Mayor Bowser unveiled two new “state” species, designating the American Shad and the Hay’s Spring Amphipod as Washington, DC’s official fish and amphipod, respectively. The signing event took place on the banks of the Anacostia River, just outside of the DC Aquatic Resources Education Center, which is operated by DOEE.

Read the full text of the Fisheries & Wildlife Omnibus Amendment Act of 2016 HERE.”

  • Margrave of Mt. Vernon

    Not the founding flounder?

  • I’m geekily in love with this. The American shad has been an important species in this area for millennia. People relied on it in the spring when food from other sources was low. The fish still swims up area waterways from the ocean to spawn. If you’ve never had shad roe, you are really missing something. I don’t know much about the Hay’s Spring amphipod but I love all critters great and small and the fact that it’s endemic, makes it super special.

  • jim_ed

    That’s actually pretty great. Fishing the shad run in the Potomac every year is a Washington tradition that pulls together huge groups of diverse people to get outside and enjoy nature. It’s also an absolute blast.

  • dunning-kruger

    Is this a typo?
    .
    “The species is threatened by the degradation of its urban habitat…”
    .
    Apparently these blind ass bugs wouldn’t recognize gentrification if it happened right on top of them.
    .
    But seriously. Are they like locusts that are getting excavated off or paved over by all the development? Wouldn’t that be “urbanization?”

    • BugGirl

      They’re aquatic (they live in creeks in the city, which is technically “urban habitat” even though it sounds confusing) so that urban development pollutes the water and, up until more recent history, many urban streams were channelized into underground pipes to create more usable surface land.

      We’re working on issues like these, but you’re correct that Stygobrumus hayi continues to be gradually priced out of the city as other more affluent wildlife move in.

  • There’s a #Storify of the event in case you are interested: http://www.anacostiaparkcommunity.org/blog/2017/2/26/dc-gets-additional-support-for-fish-and-wildlife. It’s compiled by the Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative. Full disclosure, I’m a consultant working with APACC.

  • long-timer

    No love for whiting, of many a “Chinese Chicken Seafood Sub” takeout?

  • MadMax

    “The new legislation also expands various regulations around fishing in Washington, DC.”

    Well at least she didn’t have to cut two out in order to pass this one.

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