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Catch quotas

Pacific Dawn LLC v. Pritzker

The Ninth Circuit upheld NMFS' 2013 quota regulations for Pacific whiting. NMFS calculated the amount of fish harvesters' and fish processors' initial share of the total allowable catch based on their participation in the fishery prior...

Oceana, Inc. v. Locke

The D.C. Circuit vacated the National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS') methodology for tracking bycatch in the fisheries off the...

North Carolina Fisheries Ass'n v. Evans

The court dismisses on motions for summary judgment a fishing association's claims against the Secretary of Commerce challenging the National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS') 2001 summer flounder quotas and summer flounder fishery...

Recreational Fishing Alliance v. Evans

The court denies recreational fishers' challenge to the Secretary of Commerce's regulations implementing the final 1999 Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan. The fishers argued that regulations placing recreational retention...

Natural Resources Defense Council v. Daley

The court holds that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) did not comply with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) or its regulations when it promulgated the 1999 summer flounder...

Connecticut v. Department of Commerce

The court affirms a district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), finding that its denial of Connecticut's petition for rulemaking under the Magnuson-Stevens Act was not arbitrary or...

Massachusetts v. Daley

The court holds unlawful a U.S. Department of Commerce fishing quota that allocates the summer catch of scup on a state-by-state basis for Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. Massachusetts argued that the quota was based on...

Foss v. National Marine Fisheries Serv.

The court holds that an individual who applied for an individual fishing quota (IFQ) permit for halibut and sablefish 45 days after the application deadline was not denied due process when his application was rejected. The individual...

Southern Offshore Fishing Ass'n v. Daley

The court holds that the Secretary of Commerce complied with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in setting commercial harvest quotas for Atlantic sharks in its fishery management plan (FMP) for 1997, but...