The Center for Biological Diversity is suing the Trump Administration for not granting an Endangered Species Act listing for the Pacific walrus. The environmental advocacy group filed the lawsuit on Thursday, March 8, 2018, in U.S. District Court.
In October 2017, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service decided the Pacific walrus didn’t warrant additional federal protections. The agency said the population appeared “stable” and had “demonstrated an ability to adapt to changing conditions.”
But some conservation groups say the decision was politically motivated and not based on the best available science.
In 2008, polar bears were granted an Endangered Species Act listing under President George W. Bush. But the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service says the two animals aren’t the same.
Polar bears face a host of challenges with declining sea ice — more than what’s been observed of walrus.
- Alaska’s economy could suffer as a result of China’s 25 percent tariff on American seafood imports and that worries U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. In a written statement, Murkowski urges President Donald Trump to reach a trade policy with China that protects the export market.
- A regional theater company in Alaska has furloughed its employees after officials say it faced several years of financial problems.
- Juneau residents gathered at Savikko Park this weekend to celebrate the region’s mining and logging industries once again.
- Alaska Republican U.S. senators are supporting a bipartisan bill that seeks to ensure states' ability to regulate legal marijuana industries.