Speak out to ban unregulated imported swordfish! Petition! March 16, 2009 11:48 AM
Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the United States must ban fish imported from foreign countries whose fishing practices harm and kill more marine mammals than allowed by U.S. standards. But the United States has failed to enforce the law and has imported swordfish without gathering adequate information about nations' fishing practices and their effects on marine mammals.
By simply enforcing the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the United States could save thousands of whales, dolphins and other marine species. Enforcing the law also would ensure that American consumers do not unwittingly reward the wasteful, bad practices of some foreign fishermen by purchasing their products.
A formal petition has been filed asking the National Marine Fisheries Service to enforce the Marine Mammal Protection Act and ban swordfish imports until foreign fishing vessels employ the same measures to protect marine wildlife that are required of U.S. fishermen.
The National Marine Fisheries Service is accepting public comments on the petition until March 23rd.
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