Federal judge strikes down challenge by Maine, lobstermen to rules aimed at protecting right whales

But the Conservation Law Foundation, which served as an intervenor on behalf of the National Marine Fisheries Service, said the agency didn’t overstep its boundaries.

“It’s hard to have perfect data. And as the court concluded in this case, the science is not wrong,” said Sean Mahoney of the CLF. “It may be limited to the extent that we don’t have as much as we’d like. But the best available science has been subject to peer review, has been subject to public processes, and has been subject to people being able to weigh in on it for a number of years.”

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