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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.

Group Sues Trump Administration Over Lack of Protection for Whitetip Shark

The Conservation Council for Hawai’i has filed suit against the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and the National Marine Fisheries Service for the agencies’ alleged failure to classify the whitetip shark as overfished. Designating the species as overfished would trigger a requirement under the Magnuson-Stevens Act to implement measures to protect the population.

FWS Considers Expanding Hunting and Fishing Opportunities

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a rule that would expand hunting and fishing opportunities at 97 national wildlife refuses and 9 national fish hatcheries. The agency is accepting comments on the proposed rule until June 8, 2020.

Groups Challenge New Bycatch Rule

Two environmental groups have filed suit against the National Marine Fisheries Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, alleging that a new bycatch rule is allowing the Western Atlantic bluefin tuna population to be overfished in violation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act.

Vermont Restricts Trade in Wild Animal Products

Vermont Governor Phil Scott has signed a bill that prohibits the purchase or sale of a product wholly or partially made from a number of wild animals, including cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, sea turtles, tigers, and chimpanzees. The bill contains exceptions for law enforcement agencies, activities expressly authorized by federal law, antiques, and some educational purposes. The law will take effect January 1, 2022.

California Bill to Prohibit Bobcat Hunting

AB-1254, presented to the Governor on September 19, would make it illegal to hunt bobcats, except in certain circumstances. It would allow the state to open a bobcat hunting season when determined one is “needed” and a bobcat management plan is in place.

Coalition Sues California for Allowing Use of Hunting Dogs with GPS Tracking Devices

Three animal protection organizations (Animal Legal Defense Fund, Public Interest Coalition, and Friends of Animals) are suing the California Fish and Game Commission for altering hunting regulations to allow hunters to employ dogs to chase potential prey to the point of exhaustion before using GPS trackers on the dogs’ collars to find the animal who is no longer able to run away and shoot them. The organizations argue that this decision violates the California Environmental Quality Act.

Wyoming Considers Lowering Minimum Age to Kill Big Game or Trophy Animal

Wyoming House Bill 115 would lower the minimum age at which a person may take a big or trophy game animal from 12 years old to 11 years old “if the person will attain 12 years of age by the end of that calendar year.”

Ninth Circuit Upholds Revocation of Aquaculture Permit

The Ninth Circuit has upheld a decision by a federal judge in Washington to partially vacate a Clean Water Act permit issued for commercial shellfish.

New York Considers Hunting and Fishing Education in Public Schools

New York Assembly Bill 4942 would authorize the inclusion of information related to hunting and fishing in the education of grades 9 through 12, including on the “history and benefits of hunting and fishing in this state’s development.”