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Lawsuit Launched Against Trump Administration for Failing to Protect Nassau Grouper Habitat

Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands Nearshore Waters Need Safeguards

April 6, 2020

WildEarth Guardians, Center for Biological Diversity and Miami Waterkeeper have launched a lawsuit against the Trump administration for failing to protect Nassau grouper habitat, which faces threats from nearshore pollution and climate change impacts like sea-level rise and ocean acidification.

The Nassau grouper used to be one of the most common groupers in the United States. Overfishing contributed to a 60% decline. In 2016 the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration listed the grouper as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in response to a scientific petition from WildEarth Guardians.

“Critical habitat designation is a key part of the strong protections of the Endangered Species Act,” said Taylor Jones, an endangered species advocate at WildEarth Guardians. “The agency has a responsibility to fully implement the law in order to protect this amazing fish.”

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