Biden Administration Drops Effort to Restore Whale Bycatch Rule

June 11, 2021, 2:05 PM

The Biden administration will no longer challenge a judge’s order vacating a rule limiting the number of whales, dolphins, and sea turtles that could be caught by fishermen on the west coast, according to a motion to dismiss filed in the D.C. Circuit.

The Hard Caps rule threatened to close the drift gill net swordfish fishery in California and Oregon if marine mammal or turtle deaths or injuries exceeded the limit over a two-year period.

The National Marine Fisheries Service tried to withdraw the proposed rule in 2017. But the agency reversed that decision in 2020 after the U.S. District ...

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