(inset) Martha Coakley, photo courtesy Office of Martha Coakley.

Saying that the federal government’s recent enforcement and regulation of the fish stock demonstrates a “callous disregard for the well-being of New England fishermen,” Attorney General Martha Coakley has filed suit (pdf) against the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for ignoring the devastating economic impact of the new regulations and allegedly using flawed science to over-restrict the Massachusetts fishing industry.

The suit aims to block these new rules from being further enforced or implemented, as well as other relief to mitigate the impact.

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