Our FOIA request with US Fish & Wildlife concerning island eradications continues.
In partnership with Animal Legal Defense Fund, Island Watch has been reviewing thousands of documents over the past few months. US Fish & Wildlife has been very cooperative throughout the entire process, and is working with us to obtain the information we requested. Many attachments and documents are missing and we are in the process of drafting an appeal.
This heavily redacted email is one example of what we are very concerned about. This email is from the EPA office in San Francisco to US Fish & Wildlife and it concerns the Farallon Islands Mouse Eradication Project.
This email was sent August of 2011. As you can clearly see, US Fish & Wildlife doesn’t want the American public to see the inter agency communications between the EPA and US Fish & Wildlife concerning the Farallon Islands.
During the public comment period for the Farallon Islands Mouse Eradication Project, the EPA sent an 18 PAGE COMMENT LETTER outlining their concerns for using helicopters to aerially disperse (AKA carpet bomb) the Farallon Islands with 1.3 metric tons of loose rat poison pellets.
Island Watch is grateful for the help and support of Animal Legal Defense Fund.
In May of 2014, Island Watch Conservation Science, represented by Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with US Fish & Wildlife in Washington DC.
The reason for our FOIA request is to gain a better understanding of the business relationship that exists between US Fish & Wildlife and Island Conservation, a non-profit organization that currently operates as the sole source contractor for eradicating non-native species on US island territories.
You can find a copy of our original FOIA request here.
Our FOIA request has been classified as “complex and comprehensive” and US Fish & Wildlife has been extremely cooperative and accommodating in handling all details surrounding our request. Because of this, the process is taking longer than the customary response time.
In August, we began receiving large volumes of documents including email correspondence, contracts and other supporting information. This critical review process is time consuming and we are grateful for the support of Animal League Defense Fund.
We will be posting relevant updates surrounding our request shortly.