→ Petition to ban certain New Zealand fishery imports under the Marine Mammal Protection Act

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The National Marine Fisheries Service is accepting comment on a ‘petition for emergency rulemaking’ under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, submitted by Sea Shepherd. The petition requests a ban on the ‘importation of commercial fish or products from fish that have been caught with commercial fishing technology that results in incidental mortality or serious injury of Maui dolphin in excess of United States standards.’ The National Marine Fisheries Service is specifically requesting comments on:

  • ‘The adequacy of existing measures regulating commercial fishing throughout the range of the Maui dolphin’

  • Whether these existing measures are comparable to the US regulatory measures

  • Whether recent declines due to commercial fishing in the Maui dolphin population meet the Marine Mammal Protection Act standard of “immediate and significant adverse impact on a marine mammal stock;”

  • Which specific fisheries fall within the scope of the petition for emergency action