Wednesday, December 14, 2005

"Lawsuit challenges agency's list of salmon called endangered"

The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon, USA

"Several business and industry groups on Tuesday sued federal fisheries managers for failing to include hatchery salmon when considering endangered-species status for the fish. "The lawsuit - filed in Eugene federal court by the Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of property owners, farmers and business groups in Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho - alleges that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries division broke the law by failing to follow the Endangered Species Act, which requires the agency to treat all fish the same. The suit says that hatchery salmon are genetically indistinct from naturally spawning fish."