Publicado por: pongpesca | 2016/08/17

A Victory for the Magnuson-Stevens Act (and Common Sense): Judge Rules in Favor of Industry-Funded At-Sea Monitoring

MSACR“Last Friday, the Chief Judge of the New Hampshire Federal District Court, Joseph N. Laplante, ruled in Captain David Goethel and Sector 13’s lawsuit opposing industry-funded at-sea monitoring (ASM).

A little refresher: Amendment 16 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan established ASM for New England’s groundfish sectors in 2010. Captain Goethel was a member of the New England Fishery Management Council at the time and was the sole vote against it.

Amendment 16 always required the groundfish sectors to pay for at-sea-monitoring, but U.S. taxpayers (through NOAA Fisheries) had picked up the tab – until recently. The agency announced in May 2015 that they would no longer fund ASM and after a few stops and starts, the industry finally began paying a year later, in May 2016. In response to this transition, New Hampshire groundfisherman David Goethel and his sector sued the federal government in December 2015.”

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Fonte: Talking Fish – 2 de agosto de 2016

 

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