Description: Lawsuit seek to compel the designation of critical habitat for threatened coral species.
Center for Biological Diversity v. Raimondo
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 03/27/2023 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Lawsuit Sought to Compel Critical Habitat Designation for Threatened Coral Species. Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit in the federal district court for the District of Columbia claiming that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to designate critical habitat for 12 Florida, Caribbean, and Indo/Pacific coral species that have been listed as threatened. The complaint alleged that the corals face both the “existential threats of climate change and ocean acidification” and also localized threats. The complaint asserted that best available science demonstrates that these threats will continue “without immediate action … and will likely cause a precipitous decline” in the corals. Center for Biological Diversity asked the court to order NMFS to designate critical habitat for 12 listed coral species “by a reasonable date certain.”