Grant aimed at boosting endangered candy darter's comeback

In this Aug. 7 2017 photo, shows a candy darter in Interior Va. The vibrant rainbow-colored fish that lives in a handful of Appalachian streams has been listed as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - An endangered fish could get a boost from grants aimed at restoring its population in West Virginia.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is matching a $61,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The grant will be used for a program to increase numbers of the candy darter, which was listed as endangered in 2018. The DNR will collect candy darters, breed them at a fish hatchery in White Sulphur Springs and release them back into state streams.

The rainbow-colored fish lost nearly half its population since the 1930s. Candy darters typically live in the picturesque mountain streams that cut through parts of southern West Virginia and western Virginia.

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