SETTLEMENT ACHIEVES RESTORATION OF THOUSANDS OF THREATENED CORALS

In an Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) case in which we helped represent Miami Waterkeeper, Tropical Audubon Society, and others, a settlement has been reached that will result in the restoration of thousands of federally protected staghorn corals in Miami-Dade County over the next three years. The case stems from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ authorization of an extensive dredging operation designed to facilitate the use of PortMiami by massive shipping vessels. However, the dredging resulted in far more damage to coral reefs in the area than the Corps had predicted or that had been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife under the ESA. The requirement in the settlement agreement to restore 10,000 staghorn corals will help to mitigate some of the damage caused by the Corps’ action. A copy of a press release announcing the settlement is here.