Local fishermen ask U.S. Supreme Court to hear monitoring case


REPORTER: $700 A DAY IS WHAT COMMERICIAL FISHERMEN MUST P FOR FISHING MONITORS, PEOPLE WHO GO OUT WITH FISHERMEN AND COLLECT DATA, THE GOVERNMENT MANDATE BEGAN 7 YEARS AGO BUT THE COST WAS ONLY RECENTLY PUT ON THE FISHERMEN. THAT PROMPTED LEGAL ACTION AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT.>>BASICALLY WE HAD A RULING THAT SAID WE WERE TIME BARRED WHICH MEANS WE DIDN’T APPEAL WITHIN A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME. REPORTER: DAVID GOETHEL SAYS HE BELIEVES THEY DID APPEAL IN TIME, AND NOW WANTS THE U.S. SUPREME COURT TO RECOGNIZE THAT.>>WHAT WE’RE ASKING FOR IS THE COURT TO RULE THAT WE DESERVE A REVIEW OF THE MERITS OF THE CASE. REPORTER: THE LAWSUIT IS AGAINST THE FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, WHICH INCLUDES THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION.>>NOAA FISHERIES DOESN’T HAVE TAXING AUTHORITY ONLY THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS DOES, THAT’S ESSENTIAL MERITS OF THE CASE. REPORTER: GOETHEL SAYS BACK IN 2010 BEFORE THE FISHING MONITORS THERE WERE ABOUT 100 GROUNDFISHERMEN IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, TODAY HE SAYS THERE’S ONLY ABOUT 6.>>IT MAKES IT NONVIABLE TO BE A SMALL BOAT FISHERMAN. REPORTER: GOETHEL SAYS IF THIS CONTINUES, EVENTUALLY ONLY BOATS LARGE ENOUGH TO ABSORB THE COST WILL SURVIVE.>>A BIG CORPORATE FISHING BUSINESS IS GOING TO BE INTERESTED IN PROFITS FOR HIS SHAREHOLDERS NOT SUSTAINABILITY OF THE RESOURCES. REPORTER: CONSERVATION GROUPS HAVE DEFENDED THE MONITORING IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN HEALTH OF FISH POPULATIONS. THE SUPREME COURT HAS ONE YEAR TO DECIDE IF IT WILL HEAR THE

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