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Legacy Fishing v. National Marine Fisheries

Date: August 11, 2011

United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Plaintiffs, two small Alaskan fishing vessels, are challenging a new rule issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which would require significant expenditures to conform to new monitoring requirements in the Alaskan region.  NMFS imposed the monitoring requirements with no discussion of how much they cost or whether there are cheaper and acceptable alternatives that would work better for smaller fishing vessels.  The Legal Center filed an amicus brief in support of the small vessels that challenges NMFS' RFA analysis and calls for the rule to be revoked. 

Status:  DECIDED.  Amicus brief filed on 09/15/06.  Court rejected fishing vessels’ claims on 03/20/07

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