Environmental groups sue Trump administration for allowing commercial fishing in protected waters | Conservation Law Foundation

Environmental groups sue Trump administration for allowing commercial fishing in protected waters

David Abel, The Boston Globe

Environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration on Wednesday, challenging its recent decision to allow commercial fishing in nearly 5,000 square miles of protected waters off Cape Cod.

The Boston-based Conservation Law Foundation and other groups said President Trump’s decision to open the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument — the only such protected waters off the East Coast — violated the Antiquities Act, a 1906 law that President Obama used to create the monument in his last year in office.

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