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Judge: Feds not enforcing limits on red snapper - The Galveston County Daily News : Local News

October 25, 2014

Judge: Feds not enforcing limits on red snapper

Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 12:05 am

A federal judge last week tossed out federal rules that increased the annual quota for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico, siding with commercial fishermen who said the federal government hasn’t been vigilant in enforcing limits on the amount of red snapper caught by recreational fishermen.

Judge Barbara Rothstein of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that three regulations increasing the red snapper quota were “arbitrary, capricious and in violation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery and Conservation Act.”

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