PORTLAND - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced shortly before Christmas that a petition to list four species of lamprey as endangered does not contain sufficient information to warrant further review at this time. The agency said it will continue to work with others on efforts to conserve lampreys and their habitats.

"Little detailed information is known about these species," said Dave Allen, director of the Fish and Wildlife Service's Pacific Region. "We applaud the ongoing conservation efforts that tribes, states, federal agencies and other parties are carrying out for these species. We are asking interested parties to continue to gather data and conduct research that will enhance the understanding of lampreys and the nature of their conservation needs. Efforts to address restoration targeted at lamprey, such as the recent Lamprey Summit sponsored by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, need to continue."

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