A federal appeals court on Thursday struck down a regulation barring the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from using funds to fund the recovery of the dead whale strand fishery.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected the Trump administration’s request to reinstate the rule, which was first issued in 2015 and was struck down in September 2016.
The rule had required NOAA to establish a system to track and identify dead whale catches in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and to provide detailed information about how the data is collected.
“The administration’s position is that NOAA’s current system is adequate to ensure that NOAA does not misappropriate funds to pursue the policy objectives of the rule,” the appeals court said.
The Trump administration had appealed to the full court to uphold the ruling.
The court also granted a request by the administration to reconsider the appeal.