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Archive: May 2020 Blog Posts

  • Massachusetts’ Permitting of Lobster Fishing in Hot Water Over ESA Violation
  • May 19th, 2020 — by Zachary Klein — Category: Endangered Species

  • The United States District Court of Massachusetts dealt a blow to the state’s Division of Marine Fisheries and lobster fishing industry in a decision issued on April 30, 2020. The case, which was heard by District Judge Indira Talwani, concerned whether the agency had run afoul of the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) by permitting the use of vertical buoy ropes in lobsterpot fishing despite the threat they pose to the North Atlantic Right Whale.


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