Federal officials issued ‘economically debilitating’ rules on the Maine lobster industry, court filing says

The Maine Lobstermen’s Association on Thursday filed its opening brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals as the industry works to beat back regulations that it says will crush Maine’s signature fishery. Federal officials have proposed gear modifications to reduce the incidence of entanglement for endangered right whales, which number about 340. Other regulations would close certain areas to lobster fishing while the whales are migrating. The lobstermen’s association argues that the National Marine Fisheries Service must prove Congress gave it authority to issue stringent rules. >click to read< 07:17

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