New Hampshire has joined a lawsuit against the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and other U.S. officials, challenging substantial new catch limits on many types of groundfish in New England.
regulations, Frameworks 48 and 50, were issued earlier this year by the
Secretary of Commerce under the Magnuson-Stevens Act, reducing the catch for
certain New England groundfish by 77%.
The State of
Massachusetts filed the lawsuit earlier this year, claiming that the
regulations would have a devastating impact on families and small businesses
throughout New England who earn their living through fishing.
Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan agrees: "The onerous restrictions and
reduced catch limits put forth by the federal government could have a dire
effect on the economic viability of New Hampshire’s fishermen, placing one of
our state’s oldest and most treasured industries at grave risk and undermining
an important sector of our economy. Joining this lawsuit will help us stand up
for the future of New Hampshire’s fishing industry by fighting back against
these severe restrictions."