Feds Tap 300,000 Square Miles of Pacific for Humpback Whales

Migrating humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean got a bit of good news Tuesday as the Trump administration announced the designation of over 300,000 square nautical miles as new critical habitat to protect from ship traffic, oil spills and fishing gear.

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Ninth Circuit Orders Feds to Reexamine Army Corps’ Harm to Native Fish

The National Marine Fisheries Service owes an explanation for why it decided that two dams on the Yuba River do not adversely affect threatened Chinook salmon, steelhead and green sturgeon, three Ninth Circuit judges ruled Thursday.

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Feds Eye Protection for Northern California Trout

A trio of federal wildlife management agencies said Friday that listing the Northern California summer-run steelhead on the Endangered Species Act may be warranted, but said more public input is needed before a final determination is made.

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Tuna Fishermen Say Agencies Rejected Input on New Rules

Representing large net-fishing vessels in the Pacific Ocean, the American Tunaboat Association filed a lawsuit Wednesday claiming government fishery regulators left industry experts in the dark about a forthcoming biological opinion that could limit commercial tuna operations.

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