NMFS Begins 5-Year Status Review of Endangered Sperm Whale

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced that it is seeking comments by Friday, November 7 on its initiation of a 5-year review to determine whether the listing of the sperm whale as endangered throughout its range is accurate (the sperm whale has been listed as such since 1970).  In the U.S., sperm whales… More »

Federal Agency: West Indian Manatee Reclassification May Be Warranted

In response to a Dec. 2012 petition filed by the Pacifc Legal Foundation on behalf of Save Crystal River, Inc., the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently announced that it is seeking comments by September 2 on its 90-day finding that substantial scientific or commercial information indicates that it may be warranted to reclassify… More »

U.S. Interior, Commerce Dept.’s Issue Policy Clarifying ESA Definition

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife (FWS) and National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) announced a new policy clarifying the meaning of the phrase “significant portion of its range” in the Endangered Species Act as applicable to ESA listing determinations.  The new policy takes effect on Thursday, July 31. Under the new policy, FWS and NMFS can list… More »