Sumary of NCLA ‘Anchor Bracelet’ Lawsuit Granted Class-Action Status in Fight Against NOAA’s Boat Tracking:
- The Final Rule imposes technological and reporting requirements on small businesses and confers virtually no benefit in monitoring fish stocks in the Gulf of Mexico over cheaper, less intrusive methods..
- Further, the VMS unit gives NMFS knowledge of the vessels’ whereabouts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, thus forcing captains to divulge sensitive proprietary information, including prime fishing locations that captains have spent decades obtaining..
- As the amended complaint clarifies, NCLA is also challenging the aspects of NOAA Final Rule that require captains to divulge “charter fees, fuel prices, amount of fuel used, number of paying passengers, number of crew, [and] similar economic information.”.
- None of that proprietary business information helps NOAA or NMFS track fishing stocks and is being collected unlawfully….