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Trump administration defends Obama's Atlantic monument

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The is defending former Barack Obama's monument and asking a to dismiss a lawsuit from fishermen trying to eliminate it.

The fishing groups sued to challenge the 2016 creation of the and The monument is a 5,000-square-mile area off and is the first of its kind in the

The Commerce Department is arguing the clearly has the authority under the federal Antiquities Act to establish national monuments. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Washington,

Marine national monuments are underwater areas designed to protect unique or vulnerable ecosystems. Fishing groups say it takes too large of an area away from fishermen who harvest valuable species such as lobsters and crabs.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 20:40 IST