Federal Judge Says NOAA Violated ESA When Approving Alaska Salmon Fishery; No Certainty New Hatcheries Will Mitigate Harvest

A lawsuit filed last year that challenged NOAA’s Fisheries’ authorization of the Southeast Alaska commercial troll fishery was partly resolved earlier this month in a Seattle federal court when the judge found the federal agency in violation of the Endangered Species Act. A final judgement could be ready later this month.

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