Court Rejects Pacific Choice Appeal on Non-Whiting Groundfish Quota Holdings
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected an appeal from Pacific Choice Seafood Company challenging the National Marine Fisheries Service rule on single-entity quota cap in the non-whiting groundfish fisheries off the West Coast.
The panel affirmed the district court’s summary judgment entered in favor of NMFS rule, limiting the total allowable catch and prohibiting any one entity from controlling more than 2.7 percent of the outstanding quota share.
The case began in 2015, when NMFS determined that Pacific Choice and related entities together ...
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