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A federal judge granted the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) motion for summary judgment in a case brought by the State of Maine and lobster fishers challenging a regulation designed to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from entanglement in lobster fishing gear. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg rejected plaintiffs’ claims that NMFS had overstated the risks of lobstering in the Endangered Species Act biological opinion underpinning the final Marine Mammal Protection Act rule.

[To accompany Federal Court Case Law Update "Lobster Fishers Lose Challenge to Rule Designed to Protect Endangered Whales " from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 155.] 

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