Sammamish fish doesn't qualify for fed protection

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Federal wildlife officials have concluded that kokanee salmon in Washington state's Lake Sammamish does not warrant federal protection.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said Monday that they remain concerned about Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon, but their review indicates the fish shouldn't be listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Kokanee are land-locked version of ocean-going sockeye salmon. Kokanee in Lake Sammamish in east King County evolved from sockeye that entered the lake from the ocean and remained to form a resident population.

In 2007, a group of conservation organizations and local and tribal governments petitioned the federal agency to protect the fish.