Tag: Wild Fish Conservancy

US Court ruling on endangered killer whales likely won’t shut down Southeast trolling. But it could force a rewrite of federal fisheries policy

A federal judge in Seattle has ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service violated a key provision of the Endangered Species Act in 2019, when NMFS published research on the harvest of king salmon in Southeast Alaska – and failed to address its impact on a small population of killer whales in Puget Sound. Read More

Trolling injunction appeal not likely to affect July 1 opening

The commercial salmon troll season is likely to open on schedule in Southeast Alaska on July 1, although an injunction petition that would shut it down remains alive in federal court. The Wild Fish Conservancy on June 15 filed an appeal of US Magistrate Judge Michelle Peterson's recommendation to deny the injunction; The US Justice Department, NOAA Fisheries, and Alaska Trollers filed a response on June 29 -- just two days before the scheduled opening of the fishery. Read More

Federal judge questions venue for king salmon injunction

A federal judge heard oral arguments on Thursday (5-28-20) in a lawsuit brought by a Washington state environmental group seeking to shut down king salmon fishing in Alaska this summer, to protect the food supply of endangered killer whales. Much of the legal debate concerned whether the US District Court was the appropriate venue for the challenge. Read More
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