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A Voice for our Ocean

STATEMENT: Supreme Court decision threatens American fisheries, opens floodgates for dangerous rollbacks of environmental protections

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WASHINGTON — Today, the Supreme Court of the United States published its opinion in Relentless Inc. v. Department of Commerce (combined with Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo). Meredith Moore, Director of Ocean Conservancy’s Fish Conservation Program, issued the following statement: 

“Today, the Supreme Court clearly showed that this case was never just about fish. Instead, New England’s Atlantic herring fishery was used as a Trojan Horse to attack the foundations of the public agencies that serve the American public and conserve our natural resources. The protections that keep our air and water clean, our homes and workplaces safe, and our communities, our children and ourselves healthy rely on the knowledge and experience of scientists and experts, and all that is now at risk. 

“Decades ago, American fisheries were on the brink of collapse, and what made recovery possible –  what kept fishing communities in business and seafood on American dining room tables – was strong science-based management decisions rooted in data. This case jeopardizes our access to critical information about America’s fisheries, which is the exact opposite of what we need to handle the fast-growing impacts of climate change.

“The Supreme Court’s decision opens the floodgates to litigation that will erode critical protections for people and the environment.” 


Notes for Reporters

View Ocean Conservancy’s previous statement HERE.

View Ms. Moore’s earlier appearances on ABC News and Scripps News on this topic.


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