Fishermen taking fight over monitors to Supreme Court

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Posted: Jul 25, 2017 1:46 PM

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A New England fishermen's group is taking its fight over the cost of monitors who collect sea data to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The monitors are workers who collect data used to help develop fishing regulations. The government shifted the cost of paying for monitors to fishermen last year.

A group of fisherman led by David Goethel of New Hampshire sued the government over the change and lost in a federal district court and later in a federal appeals court.

An attorney for Goethel says he filed a petition with the Supreme Court earlier this month seeking a review of the case.

Goethel says monitors can cost hundreds of dollars per day. The new monitor rules apply to fishermen of species such as cod and sole in New England.