ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT PROFILE

YEAR PLACED ON LIST: 2001

CRITICAL HABITAT: The National Marine Fisheries Service decided not to designate critical habitat because it felt identification of such habitat would increase the threat of poaching for white abalone.

RECOVERY PLAN: 2008

RANGE: Near California’s Channel Islands

THREATS: Commercial and recreational fishing, global warming, ocean acidification, and bacterial and parasitic infections

POPULATION TREND: Recent surveys estimate that only a few thousand white abalone remain.

Photo courtesy of NOAA