New Hampshire is joining a lawsuit arguing that new federal rules will devastate New England's groundfishing industry.
Gov. Maggie Hassan and Attorney General Joseph Foster said Monday that New Hampshire has joined a lawsuit Massachusetts filed against fishing regulators in May seeking to block the rules.
The rules, which took effect May 1, included major cuts in catch limits for bottom-dwelling ground fish. The most significant cut is a 78 percent year-to-year reduction in the catch of Gulf of Maine cod, but fishermen have also absorbed huge reductions in key flounder and haddock species.
In court documents, New Hampshire says the rules will have a disproportionate impact on the state's fisheries because they employ smaller vessels that tend to fish closer to shore.