The following transaction was entered on 5/15/2018 at 5:40 PM EDT and filed on 5/15/2018 Strahan v. Admin, NOAA et. al DENYING the Temporary Restraining Order filed by Max Strahan READ MORE HERE.
Yesterday, May 14, 2018 at 12:15 in the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, the Temporary Restraining Order filed by Max Strahan was heard by Judge Denise J. Casper. The Plaintiff also filed a motion to reschedule until tomorrow, which was denied by the Judge earlier this morning. In the court room there were Council representatives from every agency and organization, NOAA, NMFS, EEA, DMF, ASMFC a the MLA. The Council for the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association filed a Motion to Deny the Temporary Restraining Order. The DMF filed a Declaration and Exhibits 1 through 5, defending that the Agency as it “is meeting its responsibilities as a permitting authority to minimize the likelihood of a take”. Max Strahan in a last ditch effort, asked specifically for relief in the currently closed area in Massachusetts “to be extended for another two weeks or until there are no more whales in Cape Cod Bay”. The MLAs Council clearly stated that this is unacceptable as this closure is having a direct and negative impact economically on the livelihoods of several hundred lobstermen. As of 4:40 the MLA was informed by our Council and the Clerks office that the Judge took the matter under advisement and to check back tomorrow.
The Center for Coastal Studies plane took off today around 2:30pm to survey Cape Cod Bay. The State is waiting to hear back from them on what their findings were. Once we know anything more on the status of the closure we will post it here.
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