Posted November 08, 2018 09:58:50 Flippety Fish is a weekly feature that gives you the latest in fishing news, advice, and the latest trends in the world of fishing.
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This week, the FWC announced the release of the first flippty fish species that it believes will help conserve endangered species in the Northwest.
Last month, the Northwest Wildlife Federation released a petition to Congress that asked the FWS to approve the release and reintroduce the flippys, which were found in Puget Sound and Lake Washington in the 1970s and 80s.
In 2015, the U.S. Fish and Game Service (USFWS) announced it would consider releasing the flippers from captivity.
The flippy fish were captured by trappers in the Puget Shores area of Washington and have been known to swim up to 200 feet, but the first one was released into the wild in January.
The flippies are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act and have a survival rate of less than 1 percent.
Fifty-six species of freshwater fish and 10 species of aquatic species are listed by the Endeavor Project as threatened with extinction in the United States.