GPS monitoring rule sees assist from fishermen and environmentalists

The federal government’s GPS tracking requirement for charter boats should remain in place because it “will improve the conservation and management of certain fish species in the Gulf of Mexico,” the fishing industry and environmental groups told the Fifth Circuit.

The Charter Fisherman’s Association, the Alabama Charter Fisherman’s Association and three other groups told the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that they called for increased reporting of fishing activities. This will help reduce uncertainty in fisheries management, improve access to fisheries and allow its members to take more fishing trips, the groups said Wednesday.

Ocean Conservancy and Environmental Defense Fund joined…

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