Conservation Groups Challenge NMFS Rule That Lifts Bigeye Catch Limit for Longliners

posted in: Fisheries, January 2015, Marine | 0

A federal rule that, for all intents and purposes, does away with bigeye tuna catch limits for the Hawai`i longline fleet is being challenged in U.S. District Court.

The lawsuit, filed November 20, was brought by Earthjustice on behalf of three conservation groups: Conservation Council for Hawai`i, the Center for Biological Diversity, and Turtle Island Restoration Network. It asks the court to find that the National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker violated an international treaty and the Administrative Procedure Act by adopting a rule on October 28 . . .

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