9th Circ. Upholds Alaska Fishing Limits To Protect Sea Lions

Law360, New York (July 24, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday kept in place endangered species protections that limit commercial fishing off parts of the far northern Pacific Coast, finding that the federal government used appropriate scientific standards when it determined a sea lion population was facing extinction.

Fishing industry groups and the state of Alaska had claimed that the National Marine Fisheries Service violated the Endangered Species Act by basing the fishing restrictions on regional sea lion declines rather than the status of the entire species of Steller sea lions, but...
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