Public Must Have Chance To Mull Sea Lion Rules: Judge

Law360, New York (January 23, 2012, 2:54 PM EST) -- An Alaska federal judge ruled Thursday that the U.S. government had based disputed restrictions aimed at protecting an endangered sea lion population on good science, but that it needed to give the public an opportunity to weigh in.

In mostly denying a motion for summary judgment filed by the state of Alaska and several fishing industry groups, U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess rejected arguments that the National Marine Fisheries Service violated federal law in issuing the contested restrictions on certain fisheries in the Bering Sea...
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