Hayden et al. v. California Fish and Game Commission (Chinook Listing Suit)

Hayden et al. v. California Fish and Game Commission (Chinook Listing Suit)

1996

On April 6, 1996 the California Fish and Game Commission denied the petition to list the California Central Valley Spring Run Chinook Salmon as a “candidate” for endangered species status under the California Endangered Species Act. This suit was filed by Tom Hayden, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), EPIC, Friends of the River, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, Sacramento River Preservation Trust, the Bay Institute of San Francisco, and Save the San Francisco Bay Association against the California Fish and Game Commission, challenging the petition denial as an abuse of discretion.

Procedure: Petition for Writ of Mandate filed 6/12/96 (San Francisco Superior Court # 978-935). Petition granted 2/21/97 (Judge William Cahill).

Status: Writ granted 2/21/97; DFG was ordered to list the Spring Run Chinook Salmon as a candidate for endangered species status and to begin the process of determining if listing this species as “threatened” is warranted. The Central Valley Spring Run Chinook was listed under CESA and ESA in 1999, also Central Coast Chinook was listed in 1999.

Attorneys: Roger Beers, Joel Reynolds (NRDC), Cynthia Koehler (Natural Heritage Institute).

EPIC Contact: Jesse Noell.