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Appeals Court Says Lawsuit Over Trawling Can Move Forward

A lawsuit challenging how North Carolina manages coastal fisheries can go to court, the state Court of Appeals ruled earlier this week.

The three-judge appellate court unanimously affirmed Tuesday a Wake County trial judge’s 2021 ruling that denied the state’s request to dismiss the suit brought by the Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina, or CCA NC, and 86 individuals in 2020.

The lawsuit alleges the state has “breached its obligation under the public-trust doctrine” to prevent overfishing of coastal fish stocks and prevent habitat destruction from inland trawling.

The North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Sound Rivers and Joseph Kalo, a professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s School of Law, have filed amicus briefs supporting the plaintiff’s complaints.

Continue reading at coastalreview.org.

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