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Federal Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order Against Washington Crab Fishing

A federal judge in Washington has granted a temporary restraining order against the Lummi Nation, prohibiting the tribe from taking part in a winter crab fishery. Other tribes challenged the Lummi Nation’s plans to take part in the fish in federal court in October.

Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Comments on ESA and MMPA Applications

The Fish and Wildlife Service has announced it is accepting comments on a number of permit applications it has received under the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The applications include requests for permits to import samples of wild and captive ground pangolin to the University of Washington, export one loggerhead sea turtle to Sea Life London Aquarium, captive breed penguins and lemurs in a zoo in Minnesota, to import sport-hunted trophies of a South African antelope, and to import biological samples from wild-caught polar bears to Stanford University Medical Center. The agency is accepting comments on these applications until December 20, 2019.

Bill Proposes to Automatically Delist Species from Endangered Species Act Protections

The Endangered Species Accountability Reform Act would automatically delist species protected under the Endangered Species Act from those protections 5 years and 1 month after the species is originally listed for protections.

FWS Proposes to Delist Nashville Crayfish

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to remove the Nashville crayfish from the list of federally protected endangered and threatened species. The agency is accepting comments on this proposal until January 27, 2020.

FWS Proposes to Designate Critical Habitat for Suwannee Moccasinshell

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to designate critical habitat for the Suwannee moccasinshell, a freshwater mussel species, in Florida and Georgia. The comment period is open until January 27, 2020.

NMFS Declines to Designate Critical Habitat for Giant Manta Ray

The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced that it has determined it will not designate critical habitat for the conservation of the giant manta ray. It reached this decision based on the finding that there are not any “identifiable physical or biological features” under U.S. jurisdiction that are key to the conservation of the species.

NMFS Issues Permit to Brookfield Zoo to Import Bottlenose Dolphins

The National Marine Fisheries Service announced that it has issued a permit to the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois to import “up to” three bottlenose dolphins to be publicly displayed. The captive-born dolphins will be imported from Dolphin Quest Bermuda.

Challenge to San Francisco Herring Ban Revived in Ninth Circuit

The Ninth Circuit has revived a challenge brought by fishers against the National Park Service’s authority to prohibit commercial herring fishing in the San Francisco Bay. The lawsuit had previously been dismissed by a California federal court.

FWS Seeks Comments on Endangered Species and Marine Mammal Permit Applications

The Fish and Wildlife Service has announced it has received applications for endangered species and marine mammal permits, including requests to move penguins to a zoo in Indiana and import elephants to a zoo in Texas. The agency is accepting comments on these applications until July 27, 2020.

SeaWorld and San Diego Zoo Seek ESA Permits to Import and Export Animals

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it is accepting comments on several applications for Endangered Species Act permits, including from SeaWorld San Diego to import one captive-bred Pacific Walrus from Japan and from the San Diego Zoo to export two babirusa to Germany. The agency is accepting comments on these applications until January 22, 2020.