Alaska Loses Protest Of Beluga Whale Endangered Status

Law360, New York (November 21, 2011, 6:45 PM EST) -- The state of Alaska lost its bid protesting the U.S. government's designation of beluga whales in Alaska's Cook Inlet as an endangered species on Monday, with a Washington federal judge ruling that protecting the whales was reasonable because of a continuing population decline.

Alaska filed suit in June against the National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Jane Lubchenco. The state claimed that the listing was arbitrary and capricious because the NMFS had determined in 2000...
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