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New England fishermen’s suit headed to court

A lawsuit filed by a group of East Coast fishermen challenging the federal government over the cost of at-sea monitors will have a hearing in US District Court in Concord, N.H. on Jan. 21. New England fishermen will have to start paying the cost of at-sea monitors early this year under new rules. The monitors collect data to help determine future fishing quotas. The monitors can cost about $800 per trip. A group of fishermen contends that the cost shift is illegal. (AP)