Federal court rejects New Bedford's fishing appeal

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down every one of a number of arguments the cities and their co-plaintiffs in the industry made in their appeal.

The court upheld a 2011 lower court decision in the suit brought by the two ports as well as fishermen and fishing groups. Broadly speaking, the court ruled that the government stayed within the letter and spirit of the 1976 Magnuson-Stevens Act, which was designed to end overfishing in the Northeast.

Mayor Jon Mitchell said late Wednesday that he had not seen the ruling but was disappointed. “We’ll take our time now to go through the opinion and see what our next steps are,” he said.

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