The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Louisiana has struck down a U.S. Department of Commerce rule first proposed in 2018 which would have required the owners of charter boats to install 24-hour vessel monitoring systems. The court found the proposed surveillance to be a likely breach of the constitutional rights of charter boat captains.

The monitoring systems would have been required to be installed by charter boat captains at their own cost to continuously transmit their locations to government agencies at all times. 

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