Ninth Circuit Court Rules in Favor of Sustainable Fisheries Management on West Coast

Statement from Environmental Defense Fund

August 3, 2016
Valerie Holford, (301) 926-1298,

The following is a statement from Shems Jud, Pacific Regional Director of Environmental Defense Fund’s Oceans Program on Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Fishing Ruling

 “I’m very pleased with the ruling. It is a major win for the sustainable management of fish on the West Coast. A negative ruling could have threatened the West Coast groundfish catch share program and the strong conservation improvements it has brought about. By calling the validity of ‘control dates’ into question, a negative ruling also could have had ripple effects around the country making it much more difficult for fishery managers to effectively manage our nation’s fisheries.”

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