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Federal Agencies Must Use Best Available Science

Fish FarmIn an April 28 ruling, the US District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled in favor of Wild Fish Conservancy in a lawsuit brought against the NOAA Fisheries Service and the US Environmental Protection Agency in 2008. The judge ordered the agencies to reconsider the effects of Atlantic salmon net-pens on Puget Sound’s orcas and salmon, and this time use the “best available science” as mandated by the federal Endangered Species Act.

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