NOAA Faces Litigation for Failing to Designate Coral Habitats

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) delivered a sixty-day notice of intent to sue the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, through the National Marine Fisheries Service, for violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to finalize critical habitat designations for five species of Florida and Caribbean corals. According to CBD, this failure deprives the species of important protections and puts them at further risk of extinction.