Description: Lawsuit challenging failure to designate critical habitat for distinct population segments of green sea turtles.
Center for Biological Diversity v. Bernhardt
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 01/08/2020 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Lawsuit Sought Critical Habitat Designation for Green Sea Turtles Whose Habitat Is Threatened by Sea Level Rise and Other Factors. Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit in the federal district court for the District of Columbia seeking to compel the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service to designate critical habitat for distinct population segments of the green sea turtle. The complaint alleged that turtles are protected under the Endangered Species Act “because they are threatened by habitat loss from coastal development, beach armoring, and sea level rise; disorientation of hatchlings by beachfront lighting; marine pollution; watercraft strikes; and as bycatch in fishing operations.” The plaintiffs contended that the turtle would remain at risk until the Services fulfilled their statutory obligation to designate critical habitat.