BOSTON (AP) - New England's largest fishing ports are continuing their court fight against a now 2-year-old overhaul of fishing rules they say is crushing their local fleets.
An attorney for the cities of Gloucester and New Bedford, Mass., argued before the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday.
He said federal regulators ignored safeguards Congress put in federal fishery law to protect the region's smaller fishing businesses from being swallowed by wealthier interests. He said one of the safeguards requires that the new rules must be approved by two-thirds of fishermen. That could effectively kill the overhaul.
But a federal attorney argued the new rules were properly installed after months of public debate. She said the overhaul aims to help the industry survive coming cuts in catch.
A federal judge rejected the plaintiffs' arguments in 2011.
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