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Topeka Shiner State Management Plan

Topeka Shiners in South Dakota

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) listed the Topeka shiner (Notropis topeka) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in January 1999 due to an estimated 90% reduction of occurrence in its range.  Prior to proposed listing, the range and distribution of Topeka shiner in South Dakota was relatively unknown.  Surveys between 1997 and 2014 indicated that the Topeka shiner is more common in South Dakota than in other states, occurring in 66 different streams within the James, Vermillion and Big Sioux Rivers.

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks worked cooperatively with multiple federal, state and local entities including the USFWS to develop South Dakota's Topeka Shiner Management Plan.

The plan allows management at a state level, while supporting national recovery efforts. It identifies habitat enhancement opportunities and landowner interest in partnership programs, and allows South Dakota to be excluded from critical habitat designation.

Final Rule to Designate Critical Habitat for the Topeka Shiner








Photos courtesy of the SD Coop Unit - South Dakota State University