Here's a quick update on a couple of big court cases brought against federal fishery regulators.
First, processors challenging the new Central Gulf of Alaska rockfish catch shares program have filed this amended complaint in federal court in Seattle.
You will note that International Seafoods is no longer listed as plaintiff. Now it's just Trident, Westward, North Pacific and Ocean Beauty taking on the feds.
Second, the state as well as several industry groups on Monday signaled they will appeal their recent defeat in the Steller sea lion case.
They contend the National Marine Fisheries Service lacks justification for imposing extensive fishing closures in the Aleutians to protect the endangered marine mammals.
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