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Sea Turtles Prevail In 9th Circuit Court Decision

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A federal appeals court has sided with sea turtles over swordfish fishermen in a lawsuit that sought to invalidate an agreement over how many endangered loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles could be caught as part of the longline fishery. The settlement was part of a lawsuit by Hawaii-based conservation groups Earthjustice and KAHEA among others that challenged a National Marine Fisheries Service decision to let swordfish fishermen increase the number of turtles that could be taken. 

Environmental groups still aren’t happy with NMFS’ increase in the sea turtle limit, but were

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