Description: Action to force U.S. government to complete Endangered Species Act listing process for seven penguin species.
Center for Biological Diversity v. Salazar
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 06/03/2010 Settlement Agreement Download Court entered stipulated settlement agreement and order of dismissal. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) agreed to complete proposed listings for six penguin species and a subgroup of a seventh under the ESA by early 2011 to protect them from the effects of climate change. The settlement requires the FWS by July 30, 2010 to publish determinations on five of the species, by September 30, 2010 on the other species, and by January 30, 2011 on the subspecies. 03/09/2010 Complaint Download Complaint filed. The Center for Biological Diversity filed a complaint against the Department of the Interior, alleging that it has missed the deadline mandated by the Endangered Species Act to make a final determination listing seven penguin species as endangered or threatened because of climate change. In December 2008, the Fish and Wildlife Service recommended endangered status for the African penguin and threatened status for the yellow-eyed penguin, the white-flippered penguin, the Fiorland crested penguin, the erect-crested penguin, the Humboldt penguin and a portion of the range of the southern rockhopper penguin. According to the complaint, the federal government had one year from this date to reach a final decision pursuant to the Endangered Species Act.