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Biden Avoids Lawsuit After Restoring Marine Monument Protections

Nov. 11, 2021, 7:54 PM

The Biden administration will avoid a lawsuit filed in a Washington, D.C., federal court after reversing its predecessor’s decision to open protected waters to commercial fishing.

Conservation groups sued after former President Donald Trump opened the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument to fishing. The monument is 130 miles off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, and it supports endangered whales and deep-sea corals.

Trump’s decision will harm marine life and ecosystems around the monument, according to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Conservation Law Foundation, the Center for Biological Diversity, ...

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