The National Marine Fisheries Service Monday (Aug. 3) listed the Oregon
coastal coho as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act
in order to comply with a federal ruling in June.
U.S. Magistrate Janice Stewart ruled the ESA does not allow NMFS to
consider future, voluntary actions under the state’s recovery plan as a
basis for rejecting a listing. Both NMFS and the state of Oregon have appealed
the decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Stewart had …