Enviro Groups Sue U.S. Over Sea Turtles
Ignored Endangered Species Act
Three environmental groups have sued the United States government for its failure to protect the endangered loggerhead sea turtle. The Center for Biological Diversity, Oceana Inc., and Turtle Island Restoration maintain that the government has not complied with deadlines set in the Endangered Species Act, which requires protected areas to be created for loggerheads. “The services are depriving this critically imperiled species of significant legal protections that are important for its conservation and recovery,” reads the suit, which was filed Tuesday. “Especially in light of the continuing negative effects of climate change and commercial fishing activities which include the use of harmful longlines, trawls and gillnets.” Loggerheads typically weigh around 250 pounds and have been listed as endangered since 2011.
Via The Guardian