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Politics Supreme Court denies lobster fishers' bid to halt environmental protections

20:42  03 december  2021
20:42  03 december  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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The Supreme Court on Friday denied a request by lobster fishers to halt environmental protections that restrict fishing in a large swath of the Gulf of Maine.

a lobster on a table: Supreme Court denies lobster fishers' bid to halt environmental protections © Getty Supreme Court denies lobster fishers' bid to halt environmental protections

The application, filed earlier this week by a lobster fishers' union and two lobster fishing companies, was rejected without comment by Justice Stephen Breyer, who handles emergency matters arising from the region.

At issue are federal limits that aim to protect the North Atlantic right whale, one of the planet's most endangered species, by restricting the use of lobster traps in nearly 1,000 square miles off Maine for several months of the year. The whales are prone to becoming tangled in nets or colliding with boats.

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In their Wednesday filing, the lobstering groups said the restrictions would curtail fishing by more than 100 of the state's "largest and most productive" boats.

Their application to the Supreme Court came after a Boston-based federal appeals court ruled against them last month, handing a win to environmental groups that seek to protect the endangered species.

In its November ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit said the federal government has a "congressionally assigned task of assuring the right whales are protected from a critical risk of death."

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