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Thousands of starving sea lions have washed up on California shores due to sardine overfishing.
(NOAA Fisheries / West Coast)
Press Release April 15, 2015

Pacific Fishery Management Council Shuts Down Sardine Fishery for Rest of Season

Dangerously low sardine populations, starving sea lions, brown pelicans now have a chance.

Steller sea lions on the Rogue Reef Unit of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.
(US Fish and Wildlife Service)
Article January 21, 2015

Industrial Fishing Leaves Steller Sea Lions Searching for Lunch

The government’s plan to allow industrial fishing fleets into protected waters threatens the endangered Steller sea lion, but there is a better way.

Consultation has been the Act's most effective and successful safeguard by, for example, keeping factory trawlers out of Steller sea lion rookeries.
(U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Photo)
Press Release December 23, 2014

Lawsuit Filed to Protect Endangered Steller Sea Lions

Government action would allow industrial fishing in protected habitat

The western stock of Steller sea lions has declined by almost ninety percent from their historic levels.
(Vladimir Burkanov / NOAA)
feature December 3, 2013

Voyaging Back From an Age of Extinction

Steller’s sea cow was the first to disappear after a voyage of discovery accelerated a wave of extinction in North America. The tiny palila bird was the first to benefit from Earthjustice’s use of a law passed to end the extinctions.

Article August 16, 2013

Orcas Struggle For Survival Against Big Ag

Something special is swimming in Puget Sound—84 unique whales found nowhere else on earth, who might have disappeared altogether if not for Earthjustice’s work to protect them from a far-distant threat. Early this month, the government rejected a misguided proposal to strip protections from this dwindling species: Southern Resident orca whales. Visitors to the Pacific…

Press Release July 23, 2013

Court Upholds Protections for Steller Sea Lions in the Aleutians

Agrees sea lions still need protection from industrial fishing

Press Release: Victory January 20, 2012

Steller Sea Lion Protections in Aleutian Islands Upheld

Alaska, industry groups’ challenge to fishery restrictions rebuffed

The western stock of Steller sea lions has declined by almost ninety percent from their historic levels.
(Vladimir Burkanov / NOAA)
case February 16, 2011

Saving Steller Sea Lions

The western population of Steller sea lions has declined by more than 80 percent, and sharp declines still persist in the western Aleutian Islands. The distinct western population was first listed under the Endangered Species Act more than 20 years ago, and during that time Earthjustice and conservation groups have fought for the establishment of…

Press Release February 3, 2011

Conservationists Join Feds to Support Sustainable Management for Alaskan Fisheries

Oceana and Greenpeace challenge industry lawsuit

Press Release December 4, 1998

Steller Sea Lions in Jeopardy

Steller sea lions are in jeopardy of going extinct if new fishery management actions aren’t adopted soon in waters off of Alaska.