A close up of a red and black Chinook salmon.

Backgrounder: The court case over the Southeast Alaskan Troll fishery on Chinook salmon

In 2020, the non-profit Wild Fish Conservancy (WFC) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court that challenged the 2019 Biological Opinion developed by NOAA fisheries. Wild Fish Conservancy alleged NOAA fisheries violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when it permitted Chinook harvest in the Alaskan troll fishery that affected endangered Southern…



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