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The Latest On: Oceans

May 9, 2018 | Legal Document

Legal Complaint: Northeast Essential Fish Habitat

In this suit for declaratory and injunctive relief, Conservation Law Foundation challenges the failure of the Secretary of Commerce and the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales and their critical habitat by completing the legally-required Endangered Species Act “Section 7” consultation prior to approval of the Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment, in violation of the Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. §§ 1531-1544, the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. §§ 1801-1884, and the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 701-706.

April 10, 2018 | In the News: West Hawaii Today

Aquarium Fishing Draft Environmental Assessment

Summer Kupau-Odo, Attorney, Earthjustice: “Hawaii law requires identification of cumulative and secondary impacts, including long-term effects, of the industry’s massive mining of reef animals. The [environmental assessments], however, do not discuss any effects beyond a one-year period. That’s a glaring and troubling legal flaw, which prevents DLNR from finding no significant impact.”

March 21, 2018 | Legal Document

Dusky Shark: FOIA Complaint

The National Marine Fisheries Service is unlawfully withholding information requested under the Freedom of Information Act that are related to a Final Rule implementing Amendment 5b to the Highly Migratory Species (“HMS”) Fishery Management Plan. 82 Fed. Reg. 16,478 (April 4, 2017).

March 19, 2018 | Legal Document

U.S. District Court for District of Alaska: Order re Motions to Dismiss

Before the Court are the following motions: Defendants Donald J. Trump, Ryan Zinke, and Wilbur Ross’s Motion to Dismiss at Docket 12; Intervenor-Defendant American Petroleum Institute’s Motion to Dismiss at Docket 25; and Intervenor-Defendant State of Alaska’s Motion to Dismiss at Docket 34. The motions have been fully briefed. Oral argument on the motions was held on November 8, 2017. For the following reasons, the motions will be denied.

March 7, 2018 | Video

Fight Offshore Oil & Gas Drilling

For years, Earthjustice has fought reckless proposals to drill in our oceans. With your help, we’ll continue to battle the Trump administration’s attempts to reverse permanent protections for the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, and to expand offshore drilling.