Pacific Seafood loses suit

Oregon, US-based groundfish catcher and processor Pacific Seafood Group has lost a lawsuit against the US government seeking to overturn quota-reducing rules, court records show.

Pacific Choice Seafoods, a subsidiary of the Clackamas, Oregon-based processing that operates a processing plant as well as vessels that fish the Pacific Coast groundfish limited-entry trawl fishery, filed suit in 2015 in a northern California federal court against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and its ultimate overseer, the Department of Commerce.

The suit asked the court to overturn four NMFS regulations established in 2010 upon recommendation of the Pacific Fishery Management Council that set up an individual fishing quota (IFQ) system for the fishery.

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