Description: Challenge to biological opinion for continued operation of shrimp trawl fisheries.
Oceana, Inc. v. Pritzker
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 04/14/2015 Complaint Download Complaint filed. The nonprofit organization Oceana, Inc. (Oceana) filed an Endangered Species Act (ESA) action in the federal district court for the District of Columbia against the Secretary of Commerce, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Oceana challenged a biological opinion issued by NMFS that considered whether the continued operation of Southeast U.S. shrimp trawl fisheries jeopardizes sea turtles protected by the ESA. The complaint included allegations that NMFS disregarded climate change threats to sea turtle habitat and prey.