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Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act)

Anglers Conservation Network v. Pritzker

A district court ordered NMFS to take a "hard look" at the environmental impacts of its definition of "fishery" with regard to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish fishery management plan (FMP) and whether river herring and shad...

Anglers Conservation Network v. Pritzker

The D.C. Circuit dismissed recreational fishing groups' lawsuit against NMFS for failing to manage stocks of river herring and shad in the Atlantic Ocean from New York to North Carolina. In 2012, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management...

Coastal Conservation Ass'n v. United States Department of Commerce

A district court dismissed recreational fishing groups' lawsuit against NMFS concerning its management of the red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico. The groups challenged the enactment of Amendment 40 to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery...

Massachusetts v. Pritzker

A district court granted summary judgment in favor of NMFS in a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts and New Hampshire challenging the agency's decision to promulgate Frameworks 48 and 50 regulating New England’s Multispecies Fishery under...

Lovgren v. Locke

The First Circuit upheld an amendment to the fishery management plan for the Northeast Multispecies Groundfish Fishery. Among other things, the amendment altered and expanded the fishery's preexisting "sector allocation program" and...

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...

General Category Scallop Fishermen v. Secretary, United States Department of Commerce

The Third Circuit upheld regulations issued by the National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) implementing an amendment to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan that, among other things, sets a "control date" that...

Alaska Trojan Partnership v. Gutierrez

The court holds that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA) Fisheries erred when it denied a fishing vessel's application for an Aleutian Islands brown king crab endorsement under the license limitation program for the...

Midwater Trawlers Coop. v. Department of Commerce

The Ninth Circuit upheld the Secretary of Commerce's decision to allocate a portion of the U.S. harvest of Pacific whiting to the Makah Indian Tribe. Because the "best available scientific information" supports a sliding scale method of...

Gulf of Me. Fishermen's Alliance v. Daley

The court affirms a district court dismissal of a commercial fisherman association's challenge to a fishery management plan (FMP) regulation, known as Framework 25, that instituted year-round closure of a fishing area and required...