Conservation Group Seeks To Protect Endangered Dolphins

Law360 (May 21, 2020, 6:13 PM EDT) -- A marine wildlife conservation nonprofit has sued a group of U.S. government agencies, claiming they illegally refused to ban imports from New Zealand fisheries that use gear proven to be harmful to an endangered dolphin population.

A New Zealand chapter of the U.S. nonprofit Sea Shepherd Conservation Society urged the Court of International Trade on Thursday to overturn an "arbitrary and capricious" decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce and other agencies denying its bid for an emergency ruling aimed at protecting the Māui dolphin. Since 1970, the number of Māui dolphins has declined from about 2,000 to 57 in 2016,...

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