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The HSUS, et al. v. National Marine Fisheries Service (right whale critical habitat)


The HSUS and other conservation and animal protection organizations filed suit against the National Marine Fisheries Service for failure to respond to a petition to expand habitat protections for the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale to include the whale’s nursery, breeding and feeding grounds. In areas designated as critical habitat, the federal government must take special precautions to ensure that activities such as oil drilling, commercial fishing, military training, and vessel traffic will not diminish the value of the habitat in a way that will impair the recovery of the species.


 

Court or Agency: U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Plaintiff(s): The HSUS, Defenders of Wildlife, Center for Biological Diversity, and Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
Defendant: National Marine Fisheries Service
HSUS Counsel: Sarah Uhlemann
Outside Counsel:
Status: Recently filed