A tugboat and a fishing trawler pass each other at the Port of Galveston in Texas on Feb. 16, 2017. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Image

Looser Restrictions on Fishing Threatens Bluefin Tuna, Suit Says

The National Marine Fisheries Service’s decision to reopen two areas to pelagic longline fishing puts Western Atlantic bluefin tuna at risk and violated four federal laws, according to a lawsuit filed in a Maryland federal court.

NMFS removed restrictions on pelagic longline fishing gear in the Spring Gulf of Mexico Gear Restricted Area and the Northeastern United States Closed Area off the coast of New Jersey in a final rule April 2.

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