Ninth Circuit Court Rules in Favor of UCIDA

On Wednesday, the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of United Cook Inlet Drift Association against a 2011 decision by the NP Council, Amendment 12, to remove several Alaska salmon fisheries from the federal management plan. The court found that under Magnuson Stevens, NMFS must manage fisheries in federal waters unless there is a fishery management plan that defers control to the State. After NMFS includes Cook Inlet in its salmon fishery management plan, they can then hand over control to the State. Here is more: http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/09/21/ninth-circuit-sides-with-fishermen-in-inlet-fight.htm
The full court ruling can be found here:
http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2016/09/21/14-35928.pdf

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