Ninth Circ. Backs Pact To Protect Turtles
The three-judge panel rejected the Hawaii Longline Association’s arguments that the agreement violated the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which governs fishery management plans, and the Administrative Procedure Act.
“The consent decree does not purport to make substantive changes to the fishery regulations, so the rulemaking provisions of the Magnuson Act and the APA do not apply,” Judge Alfred Goodwin wrote.
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