Category Archives: Litigation

Fishing Industry to Start Paying for Federally Mandated At-Sea Monitoring

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) budget for at-sea monitoring (ASM) of the Northeast multi-species groundfish fishery ran dry on February 16th, and today the fishing industry is to start picking up the tab for the federally mandated program. … Continue reading

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Advocacy Groups May Sue over Queen Conch ESA Decision

Two advocacy groups notified the National Marine Fisheries Service today that they intended to litigate the agency’s decision to not list the queen conch (Strombus gigas) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Calling the agency’s review of the species, “a … Continue reading

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ESA Listed Coho Salmon Season Opens in Oregon

Oregon’s wild coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) season opened this week in many of the State’s coastal rivers and bays. From now until 30 November (or earlier if quotas are reached) anglers will have the opportunity to keep one wild coho … Continue reading

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PIJAC Goes Public

If you’ve been following my recent writings about the marine aquarium trade and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), you know I have recently been somewhat critical of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC). I have been most critical of … Continue reading

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Hawaii Aquarium Collector Charged with “Terroristic Threatening”

I confirmed late last night East Coast time that Jay Lovell was charged earlier this week with “terroristic threatening” in a case involving an underwater confrontation between Lovell, an aquarium fish collector, and activist Rene Umberger. The confrontation occurred in May … Continue reading

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Michigan Aquarium Store Operator Sentenced for Lacey Act Violation

Richard Perrin, owner-operator of Tropicorium, was sentenced to three years probation, a criminal fine of $15,000, and forfeiture of the vehicle used in the commission of Lacey Act violations of which he was accused and plead guilty. Perrin was engaged in the purchase and retail … Continue reading

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Seafood Expo North America 2014 Wrap-Up

The Boston Convention Center, with its more than 500,000 square feet of cavernous exhibit space, was recently home to the 2014 Seafood Expo North America (#SENA14). It was the Northeast’s largest convention center playing host to the largest seafood industry … Continue reading

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Earthjustice Sues FDA over Federal Seafood Advice

A lawsuit filed today in federal district court against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the next step in an ongoing campaign by consumer protection and environmental advocates to demand the Agency give consumers vital health information about … Continue reading

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“Long and Tedious” Battle with NOAA Ends for Louisiana State Fisheries Managers

In a press release released today by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Secretary Robert Barham expressed relief that the current battle with federal fisheries managers over the State’s red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) fishery has come to an end. “Glad to … Continue reading

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NOAA and NMFS Lose in Federal Court Over Red Snapper Emergency Rulemaking

On Friday, a U.S. District Judge overturned an emergency rule cutting the red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) season in Federal waters off Louisiana and Texas, saying “the emergency rule was unlawfully promulgated under the Magnuson-Stevens Act.” The Magnusun-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act is the primary piece of legislation informing … Continue reading

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