Feds Agree To Set Humpback Habitat Decision Deadlines

Law360 (August 27, 2018, 6:50 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Marine Fisheries Service has agreed to environmentalists' demand that it set deadlines for deciding whether to designate habitat for humpback whale populations protected by the Endangered Species Act.

The NMFS said Friday it will propose determinations about whether to designate critical habitat for the Western North Pacific, Mexico and Central America distinct population segments of humpback whales by June 2019, and will reach final conclusions by 2020. The California federal court settlement was reached in response to a lawsuit filed by a coalition of Native-led and environmental organizations that said the NMFS has not acted...

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