US To Implement Dolphin-Safe Rules For Seafood Imports

Law360, New York (January 6, 2015, 4:32 PM EST) -- The U.S. government settled with environmental groups on Monday in the U.S. Court of International Trade, agreeing to implement legislation that ensures seafood imported into the United States meets the country's standards for protecting whales and dolphins.

The government promised plaintiffs the Center for Biological Diversity, Turtle Island Restoration Network and the Natural Resources Defense Council that it would issue rules that require foreign fisheries to meet the same marine mammal protection standards required of U.S. fishermen or be denied import privileges, thus implementing an as-yet unenforced provision of the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act.

"We're very pleased with this settlement,"...

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