The Fish and Wildlife Service has reclassified the June sucker, a Utah fish, from endangered to threatened with a section 4(d) rule. The rule is effective February 3, 2021.
FWS Reclassifies June Sucker to Threatened with a Section 4(d) Rule
NMFS Proposes Incidental Take of Marine Mammal Rule Change
The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed to amend the regulations implementing the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan to reduce the incidental mortality and serious injury to North Atlantic right whales, fin whales, and humpback whales. The agency is accepting comments on the proposed rule until March 1, 2021.
Tribe Sues Dam Operators for Killing Endangered Fish
The Puyallup Tribe has filed suit against the operators of a dam on the Puyallup River, alleging that the dam violates the Endangered Species Act by killing fish.
NMFS Seeks Input on Work Plan for Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing
The National Marine Fisheries Service is seeking public comments on the Work Plan of the Interagency Working Group on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing. The agency is accepting comments until January 15, 2021.
Groups Petition NMFS for Emergency Whale Protection
The Center for Biological Diversity, Conservation Law Foundation, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Humane Society of the United States have petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service to forbid the use of unattended vertical buoy lines, saying this practice is the most significant threat to the survival of the critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.
Hawaii Judge Says Aquarium Fishing Permits Need Review
A Hawaii judge has said that the state has to consider the environmental impacts of issuing commercial fishing licenses to the aquarium industry.
FWS Proposing ESA Listing of Peppered Chub
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to list the peppered chub, a freshwater fish, as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The agency is accepting comments on the proposed rule until February 1, 2021.