Description: Lawsuit alleging that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to make timely determinations on whether two small fish with habitat in California warranted protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 11/03/2021 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Center for Biological Diversity Sought Listing Determinations on Fish Threatened by Climate Change. Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) sued the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service in the federal district court for the Central District of California for failing to determine whether the Santa Ana speckled dace and the Long Valley speckled dace warranted protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). CBD asserted that the failure to make these determinations violated nondiscretionary deadlines in the ESA. The complaint described the two species as “tiny fish” endemic to certain habitats in California that are at risk of extinction due to multiple significant threats, including climate change.