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Fishermen await decision about at-sea monitoring lawsuit

January 22, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — East Coast fishermen are awaiting a judge’s decision about their contention that the federal government’s plan to hand them the cost of at-sea monitoring is illegal.

Fishermen of important New England food species such as cod and haddock will have to start paying the cost of at-sea monitors soon under new rules. Monitors collect data to help determine future fishing quotas and can cost about $800 per day.

The fishermen’s challenge was the subject of a hearing at U.S. District Court in Concord on Thursday. The judge didn’t issue an order from the bench, so a decision is expected in the future.

Hampton, New Hampshire-based David Goethel says many fishermen won’t be able to afford the added cost of monitors. He is one of the fishermen involved in the lawsuit.

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