Judge Tosses Fishermen's Suit Against Obama Ocean Monument

Oct 5, 2018

A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit from a group of fishing associations that challenged the creation of an underwater monument in the Atlantic Ocean.

The fishing groups sued in Washington against creation of Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument by former President Barack Obama in 2016.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg granted the Trump administration's motion Friday to dismiss the suit. His ruling says the groups failed to adequately explain why the monument is too large.

Environmental groups cheered the decision. Natural Resources Defense Council attorney Kate Desormeau says it makes clear the monument was legally established.

Attorney Jonathan Wood represents the fishing groups. He says he doesn't know yet if there will be an appeal, but thinks it's an issue for the U.S. Supreme Court to ultimately decide.