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April 11, 2014

Judge backs NOAA on state's fishing lawsuit

Ruling rejects state's challenges over science, impact

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“I believe there was superior data that was based on a simpler science,” Rothschild said.

NOAA spokesman Scott Smullen said the agency would not comment on its legal victory.

Coakley, in a statement, said her office is reviewing its options for appeal of Stearns’ ruling.

“There is no question in my mind that our fishing communities have been subject to over-burdensome regulations and overzealous enforcement by the federal government and we will continue to fight for our fishing communities,” she stated, adding that the next fight will be over the reform of the Magnuson-Stevens Act “to make it more air for our fishing communities as it is considered for reauthorization.”

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