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Agency Must Rebuild Atlantic Cod Stocks, Lawsuit Says (1)

Aug. 31, 2020, 3:35 PMUpdated: Aug. 31, 2020, 5:04 PM

The National Marine Fisheries Service is failing to develop a plan to rebuild Atlantic cod stocks that have been depleted by overfishing, according to a lawsuit filed in a Washington federal court.

The agency’s failure is arbitrary and capricious and violates the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, under which NMFS has a mandatory duty to rebuild fisheries as quickly as possible, according to the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Conservation Law Foundation filed the lawsuit Aug. 28 in response to recent conservation and management measures that were approved for the Northeast Multispecies ...