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Fishing Groups Lose Bid for New Appeal of Obama Ocean Monument

Feb. 28, 2020, 4:28 PM

Federal judges won’t revisit their rejection of the Obama administration’s creation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied a rehearing petition from the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association and other groups opposed to the protections of the 5,000-acre area in the Pacific Ocean.

  • The fishing groups say the protections exceed the president’s authority. The Trump administration defended the creation of the monument.
  • A district court ruled against the groups in 2018, and a three-judge panel at the D.C. Circuit agreed last year.
  • The case is Mass. Lobstermen’s Ass’n v. Ross, D.C. Cir., No. 18-5353, 2/28/20