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Oceans: Building Resilient Ecosystems

The Latest On: Oceans: Building Resilient Ecosystems

July 31, 2013 | Case

Defending Sea Otter Recovery in Southern California

Conservation and wildlife groups, represented by Earthjustice, are defending a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to end a failed policy of trying to exclude sea otters from their Southern California habitat—a so-called “no-otter zone”—by relocating otters to other areas. An industry group, the California Sea Urchin Commission, has filed a lawsuit challenging the federal decision to end the backward management policy.

June 2, 2013 | Case

Restoring Groundfish In New England

Groundfish, once the foundation of one of the nation’s most iconic fisheries, are being decimated by chronic and severe overfishing, as well as now warming ocean temperatures from climate change. Earthjustice has filed a pair of lawsuits in the federal district court challenging recent decisions by the National Marine Fisheries Service regarding New England groundfish.

May 31, 2013 | Legal Document

Framework 50 Complaint

Legal complaint challenging a plan to boost 2013 catch limits for several New England groundfish stocks beyond the allowable science-based limits by "carrying over" ten percent of the catch quota from 2012 that fishermen were unable to catch.

May 31, 2013 | Legal Document

Framework 48 Complaint

Legal complaint challenging NMFS’s plan to open several groundfish conservation areas in New England that have been closed, in some cases, for decades to commercial fishing for cod, haddock, and flounder.

April 23, 2013 | Press Release: Victory

Heritage Fish Regain Access to Spawning Habitat

A new law that takes effect today will remove a blockade across a U.S.-Canadian border river erected nearly two decades ago that prevented alewives (river herring) from returning to their historic spawning habitat.

December 14, 2012 | Article

Big Day For Little Fish

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has finally responded to sound science and a huge public outcry by imposing the first ever coastwide fishing cap on the catch of a little fish known as the menhaden.

November 19, 2012 | Case

Protecting Endangered Corals from Overfishing

Parrotfish and other grazing fish play a key role in promoting the health of federally protected coral species and their reef habitats, yet the government authorized targeted fishing for parrotfish and other algae-eating fish. Earthjustice sued the government for allowing fishing for these species.

November 19, 2012 | Photos

Protecting Endangered Caribbean Corals

Excessive algal growth is threatening the health of Caribbean reefs, choking out corals and degrading the habitat that other reef creatures depend on. Fish, especially parrotfish, which graze on algae around coral reefs, play a key function in providing suitable habitat for corals to settle and build those reefs.

October 26, 2012 | Feature

Energy Bars of the Sea

Everything in the ocean is food to something else, a food web comprising many food chains. Earthjustice attorneys are stepping in to help stop the plunder of the ocean’s larders.

August 3, 2012 | Press Release: Victory

Federal Judge Strikes Down Latest Atlantic Herring Management Plan

U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler has found that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) acted illegally in approving the plan put together by the New England Fisheries Management Council known as Amendment 4 and tossed out the entire amendment.

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