Marine and Terrestrial Critical Habitat Designated for Loggerhead Sea Turtle DPS

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recently announced a final rule designating areas in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico that are within the Northwest Atlantic Ocean loggerhead sea turtle Distinct Population Segment (DPS) as critical habitat. The loggerhead sea turtle was originally listed as threatened in 1978, and the Northwest Atlantic Ocean DPS… 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 »


Federal Agencies Extend Comment Period on Proposed ESA-related Draft Policy, Regulatory Revisions

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife and National Marine Fisheries Services have announced the extension of the current comment period on their proposed rules to revise definitions and regulations regarding critical habitat, as well as the extension of the comment period on the proposed draft policy on exclusions from critical habitat.  Comments are now due by Thursday, October… More »