An environmental group is suing the Trump administration, demanding it protect a species of shark.
Oceana argues that a rule issued last month by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) does not go far enough to protect dusky sharks from overfishing.
The lawsuit was filed against the Department of Commerce, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the NMFS.
At issue is a process known as “bycatch,” where fishing boats accidentally catch sharks. Oceana argues the federal government is not enforcing the bycatch standards strongly enough to prevent overfishing.
“Dusky shark populations off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts have plummeted by at least 65 percent in the past two decades as a result of overfishing and bycatch,” Oceana said, referring to the species of large sharks.
“It’s a bit like trying to reduce car accidents by posting a speed limit but not monitoring traffic and stopping cars for speeding," said Andrea Treece, an attorney for Earthjustice who is representing Oceana in court.
"Ultimately, you need to actually enforce the limit to get drivers to slow down."