Judge Rules Adak Cod Set-Aside Unlawful, Orders NMFS to Rewrite Amendment 113
D.C. Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kelly ruled yesterday that the North Pacific Council’s Amendment 113 to the Bering Sea Groundfish Fisheries Management Plan does not comply with Magnuson-Stevens Act requirements.
The amendment, adopted in 2016, provided 5,000 mt of Pacific cod as a set-aside for processing facilities located west of 170 degrees longitude. It named the specific villages of Adak and Atka and the plants located there as the plants that would benefit from this set-aside...
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