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Fishery council asks Trump to left restrictions on operating within national marine monuments

WASHINGTON — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is once again pressing the Trump administration to lift fishing restrictions in national marine monuments, including Papahanaumokuakea, which was expanded in 2016 by President Barack Obama.

The council’s latest push comes on the heels of an executive order President Donald Trump signed on May 7 that’s meant to slash federal regulations and ease environmental burdens on American aquaculture and commercial fishing industries in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic.

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