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Fishermen at odds over impact of Trump executive order

5 months 21 hours 50 minutes ago Thursday, February 23 2017 Feb 23, 2017 February 23, 2017 12:22 PM February 23, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press

PORTLAND - Fishing groups are divided over whether President Donald Trump's "one in, two out" approach to federal regulations will benefit their industry, harm it or affect it at all.

Trump issued an executive order in January that says when a public agency proposes a new regulation, it must also identify two regulations to be repealed. The order caused a flurry of debate, and a lawsuit from political opponents, over whether it's a wise idea or even possible.

Commercial and recreational fishermen are among those engaged in the debate. Fishing rules are regulated under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Several fishing groups are joining Democratic lawmakers in asking Trump to rescind. They describe the order as arbitrary and dangerous.

The Fisheries Survival Fund says the order will likely leave fisheries unaffected.

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