Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Two Huge Legal Victories for Wild Salmon

So much for the old adage in like a lion and out like a lamb. The end of March was a flurry of activity when it came to court decisions benefiting wild salmon and steelhead. 

The first was a ruling from the US Supreme Court on a lawsuit brought by California's Karauk Tribe against the US Forest Service, alleging that they had been granting permits to suction dredge miners without adequate environmental review. The decision from the highest court in the land, reiterates what tribes and environmentalists have long been saying, conservation of endangered or threatened species trumps mining rights. 

The second ruling came last week when a US District court granted the Native Fish Society a preliminary injunction against the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's planned release of 300,000 spring chinook smolts into the Sandy River this spring. In the decision, the judge ruled that the agency could release no more than 132,000 fish this spring and found that the National Marine Fisheries Service likely violated the ESA in approving Oregon's hatchery plans. The ruling was a major win in an ongoing lawsuit filed by the Native Fish Society as a part of their Save Sandy Salmon campaign.  

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Judge Haggerty denied the NFS motion for Preliminary Injunction. I would be glad to send the actual ruling to you, if you are interested. Had NFS won the day on that motion, zero fish would have been released.