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A Deepwater Horizon oil-spill lawsuit the state filed Wednesday over environmental damage shows legal wrangling over the 2010 spill could drag on for years.
 
"This is going to be a long and protracted process," said Monroe County Commissioner George Neugent, a board member of Florida's Gulf Coast Consortium, which oversees a portion of the Restore Act money generated from pollution fines.
 
"Everybody is getting a little frustrated," Neugent said Thursday. "Now we're pretty much hunkered down for the long term."
 
State officials filed a separate federal lawsuit against BP and other defendants in 2013 over unresolved economic damages incurred by governments.
 
The latest action in federal court addresses the state's cost of restoring the environmental damage from the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
 
"After many years of unsuccessfully trying to reach a settlement, the case has come to a point where Florida must join the suit in order to protect our most valuable natural resource," Gov. Rick Scott said in a Wednesday statement on the environmental damages case.
 
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 1/27/15

In this episode:

Assessment: Atlantic menhaden is not overfished
Bering Sea pollock fishery casts off
Dock to Dish opens Florida’s first CSF
Second wave of disaster funds for Alaska
Fisherman lands N.C.’s largest bluefin ever

Inside the Industry

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is still seeking public review and comment on the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Conformance Criteria (Version 1.2, September 2011). The public review and comment period, which opened on Dec. 3, 2014, runs through Monday, Feb. 3.

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NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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