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FWS Reaches Settlement on Candidate Endangered Species

Cara J

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The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) reached a settlement last Wednesday, September 9, dictating when FWS must decide whether ten avian, fish, and invertebrate species warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The settlement lays out the deadlines by which FWS must complete a 12-month finding for each species to evaluate if a threatened or endangered listing is warranted, not warranted, or warranted but precluded given the best available scientific data. The deadlines to release 12-month findings for the Mohave shoulderband snail, glacier stonefly, yellow lance mussel, black-capped petrel, and six fish species included in this settlement range from April 11, 2016 to September 30, 2020. The settlement includes a limit to the number of court challenges and ESA petitions CBD can file with FWS through the end of FY2016. If CBD fails to stay within this limit, or FWS decides they cannot reach these deadlines as a result of other court orders or agreements, this settlement can be re-negotiated. Settlements such as this are not new for FWS, nor are the lawsuits that cause them. The ESA is largely unique in its broad allowance of individuals and groups to both [...]


Read more: http://wildlife.org/fws-reaches-settlement-on-candidate-endangered-species/

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