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Judge sides with American Samoa local fishermen over feds

Mar 22, 2017 - Associated Press Financial Wire

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) - A federal judge in Honolulu has ruled that the decision to reduce the area off-limits to large vessels along the coast of American Samoa "is invalid," clearing the way for exclusive access by local fishermen and small boats.

U.S District Court Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi also ruled that National Marine Fisheries Service's change of the rule "was arbitrary and capricious."

Fishing waters had been preserved for the local "alia" - or small boat - fishing f...