Enviros Challenge NMFS' Sea Turtle Incidental Take Rule

Law360, New York (November 5, 2012, 3:07 PM EST) -- Two conservation groups brought suit Friday in Hawaii federal court alleging the National Marine Fisheries Service’s new so-called incidental take rule violates the Endangered Species Act and other environmental laws by allowing more endangered sea turtles to be entangled or killed by Hawaii’s longline swordfish fishery.

The Fisheries Service’s final rule, which was issued Oct. 4 but took effect Monday, allows for new incidental take levels that double the amount of endangered loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles that are “incidentally” caught, entangled or drowned as a...
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