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Lobster Union Says Feds’ Whale Rule Rests On Faulty Data

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (May 17, 2022, 4:41 PM EDT) — A Maine lobster fishers’ union on Monday asked a Washington, D.C., federal judge to reject the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service’s effort to dodge a legal challenge to a rule designed to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales.

The union, in a response to NMFS’ motion for summary judgment, slammed the agency’s argument that it lacks standing to participate in the lawsuit. The suit was filed by a lobster fishers trade association, but the union intervened after it was filed in September. The government has argued the union has not proved its members will be harmed by the rule.

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