Federal officials, arguing that an immediate Endangered Species Act
listing of Oregon coastal coho salmon would do more harm than good, are
asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to negate a lower court ruling
that the coho must be listed on Aug. 3.
In a 13-page declaration presented to the court July 18, Will Stelle,
Regional Administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service, asks
for a "stay" of the lower court deadline. NMFS wants to hold
off a listing while …