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In Re: The HSUS, et al. (North Atlantic right whale critical habitat petition)

Formal petition to the National Marine Fisheries Service to expand critical habitat for the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Once an area is deemed critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act, all federal agencies must consider the impact of any agency action on that habitat, including fishing permits, shipping lanes, and construction activities. The petition requests that critical habitat include all of the whale's calving grounds off the southeastern U.S., essential feeding grounds in the Northeast, and a critical migratory corridor in between.

Court or Agency: Before the National Marine Fisheries Service and Secretary of Commerce
Plaintiff(s): The Humane Society of the United States; Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Ocean Conservancy, and Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society
Defendant: National Marine Fisheries Service
HSUS Counsel: Sarah Uhlemann
Outside Counsel Sierra Weaver of Defenders and Andrea Treece of CBD
Status: Petition filed

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