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The world's deadliest bycatch

Action: Save Our Oceans

September 24, 2015   Action Alert ID# 277

 

Americans consume more than 5 billion pounds of seafood a year, and roughly 90 percent is imported -- so how that seafood is caught matters. For the more than 650,000 whales, dolphins and other marine mammals unintentionally caught and killed in fishing gear around the world each year, the matter is life and death.

In 1972 Congress passed the Marine Mammal Protection Act, limiting the number of whales and dolphins U.S. fishermen may catch and requiring them to reduce that number to zero. But Congress also required other nations to meet those standards or lose access to the U.S. market.

Yet for decades the United States has ignored that law and turned a blind eye to seafood imports with flagrant legal violations -- until now. Following a legal settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. government is finally stepping up to enforce the law.

September 24, 2015   Action Alert ID# 277

 

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