Rule Making Herring Fishermen Pay for Government Monitors Upheld

Sept. 20, 2021, 6:50 PM

A National Marine Fisheries Service regulation that requires commercial herring fishing vessels in New England to pay the daily salaries of federal at-sea monitors was upheld by a federal court in Rhode Island on Monday.

The operators of two fishing vessels that catch herring challenged the regulation that requires them to pay about $710 a day for the government monitors who ensure they don’t exceed their catch limits. But the opinion by Judge William E. Smith of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island said that the regulation is consistent with the Magnuson–Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management ...

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