Much of the Little Colorado spindedace’s habitat is under federal ownership, and in an effort combat its population decline, the waters of East Clear, Chevelon and Nutrioso creeks have been designated as ‘Critical Habitat’ for this species. The remaining areas inhabited by the Little Colorado spinedace are either managed or owned by the U.S. Forest Service, the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, as well as private landowners (1).
There is a need for future management efforts to be directed towards conserving all existing populations of the Little Colorado Spinedace, as well as all areas of remaining habitat (1). Additional recommended conservation measures include potentially reintroducing this species into areas it has previously inhabited (3), as well as reducing the impact that non-native fish have on populations of the Little Colorado spinedace (1) (3).
A recovery plan has been established for the Little Colorado spinedace, which aims to identify the necessary steps to protect and restore existing spinedace populations, re-establish extirpated populations, and protect and enhance existing habitats for this threatened fish (2).