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Mass. Fishermen Launch Lawsuit Over Federal Regulations

Massachusetts fisherman get their day in court Tuesday. A federal judge in Boston hears arguments in a lawsuit against the federal government over fishing regulations.

The lawsuit, brought by the cities of Gloucester and New Bedford, argues the government's new catch management system is illegal and unconstitutional.

New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has created a system of winners and losers that is putting smaller boats and companies out of business.

"If the real aim of NOAA is to contract the fishing fleets, is to consolidate, is to put people out of business, then they ought to lay that card right on the table and Congress can respond appropriately," Lang said.

Both sides are asking for summary judgment.

The government is asking that the case be thrown out.

This program aired on March 15, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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