Sea Shepherd has filed suit against a variety of federal agencies, alleging that the agencies’ failure to ban imports from certain fisheries in New Zealand that cause harm to endangered dolphins violates the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Administrative Procedure Act.
Sea Shepherd Sues United States Over New Zealand Fishery Imports
FWS Proposes Hunting and Fishing Information Collection
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.
EPA Releases Draft NPDES Aquaculture Permit in New England
The Environmental Protection has announced the availability of the Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Aquaculture General Permit for discharges for Concentrated Aquatic Animal Production facilities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The agency is accepting comments on this document until June 10, 2020.
Trump Signs Executive Order Designed to Support Seafood Industry
President Trump has signed an Executive Order that directs the Department of Commerce to create a list of actions that will “reduce burdens on domestic fishing” within six months. The Order also directs agencies to complete all environmental reviews of proposed aquaculture projects within two years.
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.