Current status remains a Species of Special Concern in Florida as the management plan is developed.
The FWC received two petitions to re-evaluate the status of the Panama City crayfish. The petitions were received in 2001 and 2003, respectively. In fulfillment of the 2001 petition, a biological assessment following the listing process rules was initiated. However, a listing moratorium was initiated in 2003 and the listing process rules were changed in April 2005. Following the new process, a biological status report was completed, reviewed by independent peer reviewers, and presented to the Commission at the June 2006 Commission meeting. The Commission agreed that reclassification of the Panama City crayfish from Species of Special Concern to Threatened is warranted; however the reclassification will not occur until a management plan for the species is approved. Public comment was sought and incorporated in a revised draft management plan. This draft plan, dated May 2007, was scheduled to be finalized and presented for approval at the February 2008 Commission meeting held in Panama City. However, at the December 2007 Commission meeting, FWC staff were directed to revise the listing process and halt current listing actions, including finalization of the draft revised Panama City crayfish management plan. In 2010, the Commission approved new rules for listing imperiled species and the Panama City crayfish remained listed as a Species of Special Concern in Florida. Staff had already completed a biological status review of the Panama City crayfish in 2006; a link to its Biological Status Report is below. Staff have developed a draft management plan for the Panama City Crayfish, and continue to cooridaintae with stakeholders and partners to finalize the plan.
Draft Management Plan for Panama City Crayfish
Please view our Listing Process for more information on the listing process moratorium and changes. Below is a link to the petitions received in 2001 and 2003 and the Biological Status Report.