Fishermen Taking Fight over Monitors to Supreme Court 

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A New England fishermen’s group is taking its fight over the cost of at-sea monitors to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The monitors are workers who collect data that help inform government fishing regulations. The government shifted the cost of paying for monitors to fishermen last year.

A group of fisherman led by David Goethel of New Hampshire sued the government over the change and lost in a federal district court and later in 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston.

An attorney for Goethel says he filed a petition with the Supreme Court earlier this month seeking a review of the case.

Goethel says monitors can cost hundreds of dollars per day. The new monitor rules apply to fishermen of species such as cod and sole in New England.

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