The Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized a rule designating approximately 319 river miles as critical habitat for the yellow lance under the Endangered Species Act. The rule becomes effective on May 10, 2021.
FWS Designates Critical Habitat for Yellow Lance
FWS Proposes to List Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtle Under ESA with 4(d) Rule
The Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to list the Suwannee alligator snapping turtle as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act with a 4(d) rule. The agency is accepting comments on this proposal until June 7, 2021.
FWS Designates Critical Habitat for Candy Darter
The Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized a rule designating approximately 368 stream miles as critical habitat for the candy darter under the Endangered Species Act. The rule becomes effective on May 7, 2021.
Groups Challenge Shrimp Boat Exemption Rule
The Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, and Turtle Island Restoration Network have filed suit against the National Marine Fisheries Service alleging that the agency’s decision to exempt certain shrimp trawlers from required use of turtle excluder devices is a violation of the Administrative Procedure Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Endangered Species Act. Incidental capture is one of the primary causes of sea turtle mortality, and turtle excluder devices prevent several species of endangered and threatened sea turtles from being killed in shrimp trawler nets.
CBD Challenges Fish and Wildlife Service’s Prioritization of ESA Listings
The Center for Biological Diversity has filed suit against the Fish and Wildlife Service alleging that the agency’s failure to list ten species allegedly due to prioritizing listing other species violates the Administrative Procedure Act. The species the agency failed to list include the northern spotted owl, monarch butterfly, Peñasco least chipmunk, and several aquatic animals.
National Marine Fisheries Service Wrongly Approved Oil and Gas Exploration in Cook Inlet
A federal judge has held that the National Marine Fisheries Service’s approval of a five-year oil and gas exploration plan violated the Administrative Procedure Act because the agency made an arbitrary and capricious determination that noise pollution from the exploration would not constitute any take by harassment to the beluga whales living in the area.
NMFS Initiates 5-Year Review for Banggai Cardinalfish
The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced it is beginning a 5-year review for the Banggai cardinalfish under the Endangered Species Act and is seeking information on the species that has become available since its listing in 2016.
NMFS Extends Comment Period for Proposed Coral Critical Habitat
The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced it is once again extending the public comment period for its proposed rule establishing critical habitat for seven threatened corals in U.S. waters in the Indo-Pacific under the Endangered Species Act by 60 days. The agency is now accepting comments until May 26, 2021.
FWS Announce Initiation of Status Review for Rio Grande Shiner
The Fish and Wildlife Service has announced it has found substantial scientific or commercial information to warrant listing the Rio Grande shiner under the Endangered Species Act and that it will commence a status review.
NMFS Extends Information Request for 5-Year Review of Beringia and Okhotsk Distinct Population Segments of Bearded Seal
The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced it is extending the information request period for a 5-year review of the Beringia and Okhotsk distinct population segments of the Pacific bearded seal subspecies under the Endangered Species Act. The agency is now accepting information until June 25, 2021.