U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg rejects bid to block to new lobstering rules

A federal judge on Thursday shot down a challenge by lobstering groups to federal rules intended to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg rejected a bid by the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association and the state of Maine to block federal regulators from imposing new limits on where and how lobstermen can fish in federal waters. The court, which had previously ruled that new federal regulations didn’t go far enough in protecting right whales, said Thursday that the state and lobstering groups couldn’t delay or derail the regulations. Boasberg rejected the lobstering groups’ contention that the National Marine Fisheries Service’s regulations overstated the risk that lobstering posed to the whales and overregulated the industry. >click to read< 20:04

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