Suits Launched to Save Nevada Butterfly and Florida Grouper
The extremely rare Mount Charleston blue butterfly lives only in the upper elevations of a single mountain outside Las Vegas. To stop it from being driven extinct by a ski-resort expansion, the Center filed notice this week of our intent to sue Trump's Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency has failed to protect the endangered butterfly, of which fewer than 100 individuals have been found in the past five years.
Also this week, along with allies, we filed suit against the Trump administration to force it to protect the habitat of Nassau groupers, once-common reef fish, made far scarcer by overfishing. Their survival off the coast of Florida is now threatened by pollution and climate change.
"These big fish need our help keeping their homes livable," said Jaclyn Lopez, our Florida director. "Clean and clear nearshore waters are important to Floridians, and they happen to be essential for the grouper, too."