The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed to issue permits to authorize the incidental take of several species of whales, seals, and sea lions under the Marine Mammal Protection Act in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Hawaii, and off the coast of Alaska. The agency is accepting comments on the proposed permits until November 4, 2020.
NMFS Proposes Incidental Take Permits for Marine Mammals
CBD Challenges FWS Over Protections for Crayfish
The Center for Biological Diversity has filed suit against the Fish and Wildlife Center and Secretary Bernhardt, challenging the agency’s failure to make a determination on the listing of the Panama city crayfish under the Endangered Species Act.
FWS Proposes to List Freshwater Mussels Under ESA
The Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to list the longsolid and round hickory nut freshwater mussels as a threatened species with a 4(d) rule under the Endangered Species Act.
Sea Shepherd Petitions NMFS to Ban Fish Imports from New Zealand
The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced it has received a supplemental petition from Sea Shepherd requesting that the agency ban imports of fish products from New Zealand that do not satisfy the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The agency is accepting comments on the petition until October 9, 2020.
FWS Reopens Nashville Crayfish Comment Period
The Fish and Wildlife Service has announced it is reopening the comment period for its proposal to remove the Nashville crayfish from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The agency is now accepting comments until October 23, 2020.
FWS Reopens Atlantic Pigtoe Comment Period
The Fish and Wildlife Service has announced it is reopening its comment period for its proposal to list the Atlantic pigtoe as a threatened species with a section 4(d) rule and to designate critical habitat for the species under the Endangered Species Act. The agency is now accepting comments until October 22, 2020.
Florida Governor Signs Shark Finning Bill
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed Senate Bill 680, the Kristin Jacobs Ocean Conservation Act, into law. The law limits the import and sale of shark fins to those commercial entities with existing permits and requires that the state conduct a sustainability study on shark finning in Florida.
NMFS and NOAA Issue Final Rule on Sea Turtle Limits
The National Marine Fisheries Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have issued a final rule that lowers the limit for fleet interaction for leatherback sea turtles and removes the limit for fleet interactions for North Pacific loggerhead turtles.
FWS Proposes 4(d) Rules for Two Crayfish Species
The Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to list two species of crayfish as threatened under the Endangered Species Act under section 4(d). The agency is accepting comments on the proposal until November 16, 2020.