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Catch Limits for New England Cod Must Be Upheld, Agency Says

Feb. 22, 2021, 6:04 PM

A final rule setting annual catch limits and acceptable catches of certain New England cod stocks was designed to prevent overfishing and based on the best available science, the National Marine Fisheries Service tells a Washington, D.C., federal court.

Because the agency’s decision was based on the best available science, its determination should be entitled to deference, according to the motion for summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The agency faces a legal challenge from the Conservation Law Foundation over its management measures, called Framework Adjustment 59, that set catch limits for Gulf of...

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