"It's a big deal," said Jeff Miller, senior conservation advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity. "There are a lot of fishing groups, tribes and states doing amazing work to bring these fish back. But imperiled species have a much better chance of recovery if they're on the federal list than if they aren't."
"They've survived relatively unchanged for 200 million years," said Jeff Miller, a senior conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity, which is planning a lawsuit seeking federal safeguards for sturgeon in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds. "If they're going to survive us, they're going to need additional protection."