Judge Backs Fisheries Service's Tuna Fishing Rules

Law360, New York (November 13, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal judge has upheld the National Marine Fisheries Service rules for tuna fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, denying a New York environmental group's move to establish specific protections for the fish during spawning season.

Judge Henry H. Kennedy of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Wednesday that the fisheries service did not act wrongfully in rejecting the Blue Ocean Institute's proposed rule banning pelagic longline fishing in the Gulf of Mexico from April to June.

The lawsuit comes from the...
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