Press Release Center for Biological Diversity
Feds Agree to Implement Seafood Import Ban to Protect Whales and Dolphins
New Regulations Will Prohibit Fish Imports That Fail to
Meet U.S. Standards for Marine Mammal Protection
NEW YORK— In a landmark settlement reached yesterday, the U.S. government agreed to adopt new rules that ensure seafood imported into the United States meets high standards for protecting whales and dolphins. The long-delayed regulations will require foreign fisheries to meet the same marine mammal protection standards required of U.S. fishermen or be denied import privileges, thus implementing a 40-year-old provision of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
“The new regulations will force other countries to step up and meet U.S. conservation standards — saving hundreds of thousands of whales and dolphins from dying on hooks and in fishing nets around the world,” said Sarah Uhlemann, senior attorney and international program director of the Center for…
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