National Fisherman

BP is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in a battle over who should receive monetary damages related to the Gulf oil spill.

The London oil company on Friday filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to enforce requirements for claimants to prove they can join a class-action settlement that has poured billions of dollars into Gulf Coast pockets to fix economic wreckage left by the spill.

BP said the Supreme Court should reverse lower-court decisions that approved a settlement class with "vast numbers" of claimants who weren't financially harmed by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, and require claimants to show evidence that losses were due to the spill.

After a defeat in a lower court, the company said in May it would look to take the legal fight to the high court.

Current interpretations of the settlement, BP said, contradict class-action law as well as the Supreme Court's long-held interpretation of a section of the Constitution that requires a plaintiff to trace its injury to a defendant's actions. Those lower court rulings also depart from similar rulings adopted by several other appeals courts and deepen a circuit-court conflict over how class-action members are defined, the energy company said.

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Inside the Industry

Pink shrimp is the first fishery managed by Washington to receive certification from the global Marine Stewardship Council fisheries standard for sustainable, wild-caught seafood.

The state’s fishery was independently assessed as a scope extension of the MSC certified Oregon pink shrimp fishery, which achieved certification to the MSC standard in December 2007 and attained recertification in February 2013.


NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.

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