Massachusetts Lobstermen Sue to Enjoin NMFS’ Emergency Order Temporarily Closing Certain Fisheries

The Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association sued the National Marine Fisheries Service in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging that the agency’s emergency closure for trap/pot fisheries near Massachusetts between February 1–April 30, 2023 violates the Consolidation Appropriations Act of 2022. Plaintiff is seeking declaratory judgment and an order enjoining enforcement of the closure.