A group of charter fishermen and boat owners are plowing ahead with a class-action lawsuit that challenges a new federal rule called the “For-Hire Electronic Reporting Amendment” that requires the installation of GPS tracking systems on their boats as well as the submission of weekly location reports to the government. John J. Vecchione, senior litigation counsel for the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA), which organized the lawsuit, calls the tracking systems the equivalent of marine ankle bracelets—or “anchor bracelets.”

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