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Jan 2, 2016 10:58 AM

Fishermen's lawsuit about monitor costs in court this month

The Associated Press

CONCORD — A lawsuit filed by a group of East Coast fishermen challenging the federal government over the cost of at-sea monitors will come to court in New Hampshire this month.

New England fishermen will have to start paying the cost of at-sea monitors early this year under new rules. The monitors collect data to help determine future fishing quotas. The monitors can cost about $800 per trip.

A group of fishermen contends that the cost shift is illegal. The federal lawsuit will have a hearing at U.S. District Court in Concord on January 21st.

Hampton, N.H. fisherman David Goethel says the lawsuit is about protecting a vital and historic part of New England's economy. He says many fishermen won't be able to afford the added cost.

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