“PORTLAND, Maine — A coalition of environmental groups has sued to stop the Trump administration from rolling back Obama-era conservation measures in the Atlantic Ocean.
The groups filed their lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday in an effort to protect Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument. President Donald Trump signed an order early this month to allow commercial fishing in the area, which comprises some 5,000 square miles east of Cape Cod.
Conservation Law Foundation, Center for Biological Diversity and the Natural Resources Defense Council filed the suit. They said Trump’s action is unauthorized by the Antiquities Act and the Constitution.”