endangered species act

Fishing Boat Owner Pleads Guilty In Shark Finning Case

Oct 10, 2020
U.S. Attorney's Office via AP

A business that owns a Japanese fishing boat pleaded guilty Thursday in a case involving Indonesian crew members who cut fins from sharks.

Nene Downlisted From Endangered To Threatened

Dec 9, 2019
Dick Daniels / CarolinaBirds.org

The Trump administration is downlisting the nene -- Hawaii's state bird -- from endangered to threatened.


Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt made the announcement Sunday at the Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge in Ewa Beach.


Federal officials say the nene has been brought back from the brink of extinction through a breeding program and habitat restoration.


National Park Service via AP

SEATTLE — Seventeen states sued the Trump administration Wednesday to block rules weakening the Endangered Species Act, saying the changes would make it tougher to protect wildlife even in the midst of a global extinction crisis. Hawaii is not among the states.

Matt MacGillivray / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr

Hawaiʻi's threatened plants and animals could be impacted by the new changes to federal wildlife conservation rules, particularly those edging toward but not yet endangered.

Gerald Herbert/AP

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday rolled out some of the broadest changes in decades to enforcement of the landmark Endangered Species Act, allowing the government to put an economic cost on saving a species and other changes critics contend could speed extinction for some struggling plants and animals. California and Massachusetts announced they plan to sue to stop the changes.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about a crisis in our Asia Pacific neighborhood revolving around the Pacific Walrus. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with the Center for Biological Diversity and one of their staff attorneys, Emily Jeffers, about it.