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Maine Lawmakers: Feds Must Step Up To Protect Lobster Fishery Now

PORTLAND, Maine - Leaders in the Maine Legislature are calling on the federal government to protect the lobster fishery in the wake of a ruling about protection of rare whales. A federal judge ruled earlier this month that the federal government's failure to protect North Atlantic right whales constituted a violation of the Endangered Species Act.

A bipartisan group of Maine legislators sent a letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Monday calling for "decisive federal action" on the subject.

The judge said in his ruling that a remedy would be determined in the future.