The Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed an information collection “on the uses and demands for wildlife-related recreation,” such as fish stocking, boating access, and fishing and hunting opportunities. The agency is accepting comments on this action until July 13, 2020.
FWS Proposes Hunting and Fishing Information Collection
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.
Department of Interior Does Not Need to Rush Permits for Trophy Hunting Imports
A D.C. federal judge has denied the Dallas Safari Club’s bid to require the federal government to issue decisions on over 200 elephant trophy import applications within 90 days. The judge found that plaintiffs would not be irreparably harmed by a continued delay, though they may be disappointed.
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.
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.
Legislation Introduced to Boost U.S. Aquaculture Industry
H.R. 6191 proposes to establish a regulatory system for “sustainable offshore aquaculture” in the United States Exclusive Economic Zone. The full text of the bill is not yet available.
NOAA To Prepare Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on Makah Tribe Request to Hunt Gray Whales
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced its intent to prepare a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement in response to the Makah Tribe’s request to hunt Gray Whales. The agency is not asking for any additional input to prepare this statement.
FWS Issues Final Rule Allowing Taking of Canada Geese
The Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a final rule allowing the take of Canada geese at agricultural facilities in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia between April 1 and August 31.
China Reportedly Bans Wildlife Trade in Response to Coronavirus
The Chinese government has reportedly banned the trade and consumption of wild animals, citing the spread of coronavirus which likely originated in a Chinese wildlife market.
Groups File Intent to Sue FWS Over Yellowstone Grizzly Protections
The Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club have notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of their intent to file suit over the agency’s plans to allow 72 grizzly bears to be killed in order to accommodate livestock grazing in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.