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Fishermen Appeal Judge Ruling That Protects Endangered Whale

A North Atlantic right whale feeds on the surface of Cape Cod bay off the coast of Plymouth, Mass., March 28, 2018. The state of Maine and a fishing group are appealing a federal judge's decision that new rules intended to protect endangered whales must stand. The judge denied a request from fishermen to stop federal regulators from placing the new restrictions on lobster fishing, earlier in Sept. 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
A North Atlantic right whale feeds on the surface of Cape Cod bay off the coast of Plymouth, Mass., March 28, 2018. The state of Maine and a fishing group are appealing a federal judge's decision that new rules intended to protect endangered whales must stand. The judge denied a request from fishermen to stop federal regulators from placing the new restrictions on lobster fishing, earlier in Sept. 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
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Portland, Maine (AP) -- The state of Maine and a fishing group are appealing a federal judge's decision that new rules intended to protect endangered whales must stand.

The judge earlier this month denied a request from fishermen to stop federal regulators from placing the new restrictions on lobster fishing. The rules are intended to protect North Atlantic right whales, which number less than 340.