Deckboss has written a few times about The Boat Co. lawsuit, which challenges the revamped fishery observer program implemented in 2013.
This week a federal judge gave the plaintiff a partial victory, as specified in the conclusion of his order (page 48).
Here's a statement from Jim Balsiger, head of the National Marine Fisheries Service in Alaska:
"We are pleased with the court's decision to uphold the North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer Program — a decision which ensures this critical fishery management program will stay in place. While the judge upheld the program, he has asked the agency to prepare a supplemental Environmental Assessment to look at program costs and coverage levels. Going forward, we will work with the court on a schedule for development of that supplemental EA."
The Boat Co. and Earthjustice issued this press release.