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Increased protection for Pacific groundfish

Updated: August 29, 2005, 11:02 PM ET
By Terence Chea | Associated Press — Aug. 29, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO — An appeals court ruled Wednesday that the federal government must increase protections for the Pacific fish species commonly known as red snapper, whose population has been depleted by overfishing.

The decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a lower court ruling that the National Marine Fisheries Service did not violate federal law when it boosted fishing quotas for the species, the darkblotched rockfish.

In 2002, conservation groups sued the ...

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