PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL; April 12, 2017: Federal officials have missed their legal deadline for acting on a petition to remove the golden parakeet from Endangered Species Act (ESA) coverage. Therefore, Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) is serving notice on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that the agency will be sued if the foot-dragging continues.
The “60-day notice” that PLF just filed is the formal warning required before litigation can be launched against the FWS for violating the ESA. PLF represents, free of charge, the organization that submitted the delisting petition — the American Federation of Aviculture (AFA). A lawsuit against FWS will follow after the 60-day period has run, if the agency has not acted on the delisting petition by then. Continue reading
Op/Ed by Darryl Sanford
I’m sure those dreaming of further federal dollars flowing into the area are celebrating the latest announcement of “Major Cutbacks for Salmon Fisheries” (March 16 Sequim Gazette and “Many Eye Middle Road on Fishing” in PDN). Further Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings of weak runs of Coho Salmon could be a financial boon to the area. I’ve attended meetings in Sequim and Forks over the past couple weeks addressing the Steelhead and Salmon outlook on the Peninsula and if projections are accurate, the future of our fishing opportunities does indeed look bleak. My fear is that few fish and continued Federal funding is exactly what those in charge of ‘saving’ our fish actually want. Continue reading
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