Endangered darter fish found in north Georgia river

Recent survey found amber and freckled darters in the Coosawattee River

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ROME, Ga.  - The discovery of two threatened species of fish in a north Georgia river has raised hopes for their survival.

The state Department of Natural Resources says a recent survey found amber and freckled darters in the Coosawattee River below Carters Lake. The fish had not been noted in that river before.

DNR zoologist Brett Albanese told the Rome News-Tribune that both types of fish were previously only known to live in the nearby Conasauga and Etowah river systems, which are part of the Coosa River basin.

He said having the fish in a third river decreases their overall risk of extinction.

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