A federal judge has denied a New Hampshire fisherman's motion for a preliminary injunction that would have halted NOAA Fisheries' plan to shift the cost of the at-sea monitoring program to fishermen.

U.S. District Judge Joseph J. Laplante, sitting in Concord, New Hampshire, ruled Wednesday that New Hampshire fisherman David Goethel's claims for injunctive relief in his suit against the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are barred by the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

"Accordingly, plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction is denied," Laplante wrote in his ruling.

Goethel, owner of the 44-foot fishing trawler Ellen Diane out of Hampton, and Northeast Fishing Sector 13 are suing the federal agencies and administrators, claiming NOAA's plans to shift the cost of at-sea monitoring (ASM) to permit holders is illegal and will put fishermen out of business.

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