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Securing Legal Protection for Coastal Cutthroat Trout

Coastal cutthroat trout and steelhead spawning in the Upper Mainstem of Freshwater Creek, Humboldt Bay, CA.

Coastal cutthroat trout and steelhead spawning in the Upper Mainstem of Freshwater Creek, Humboldt Bay, CA.

NOAA Fisheries West Coast

What's at Stake

Earthjustice is involved in a long-running effort to gain protection for coastal cutthroat trout in the Pacific Northwest.

Case Overview

Cutthroat trout that live in coastal rivers in the Pacific Northwest and California have declined sharply owing primarily to habitat destruction, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuses to protect them. A lawsuit aims to rectify that dire situation.

After the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals told the Fish and Wildlife Service to take another look, the agency again refused to extend protections for these cutthroat based on recent increases in part of the population.

We and our clients continue to monitor the status of the population.

Case ID

5660

Attorneys

Case Updates

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

Coastal Cutthroat Complaint

Asks for protection for the small remaining populations of coastal cutthroat trout that still remain in Oregon and Washington