Protect Marine Mammals from Capture in International Fisheries

Please join Sea Turtle Restoration Project in establishing the strongest possible protections for marine mammals that are caught and killed or injured in international fisheries – a goal of zero bycatch as required under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Please sign this petition to support U.S. regulations on imported seafood that will require all nations selling fish to the U.S. to prove that harm to marine mammals and other protected species was minimized or eliminated. Deadline August 29, 2010.

Every year hundreds of thousands of whales, dolphins, sea lions and other marine mammals are captured or killed by international fishing fleets, mostly in drift gillnets.  Gillnets and longlines also capture threatened and endangered sea turtles, seabirds and other marine wildlife.  Millions of pounds of fish caught in these deadly fisheries are allowed to enter the U.S. in violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), which requires a ban on imported fish caught in ways that harm marine mammals in excess of U.S. standards for domestic fisheries.

Until now the U.S. government has not enforced the MMPA for seafood imports nor defined what it means to comply with U.S. standards. National Marine Fisheries Service is now taking the first steps towards developing regulations to ensure that all seafood sold in the U.S. meets or exceeds domestic standards for protecting marine mammals from being harmed or killed as bycatch in commercial fisheries.

The U.S. is a very close second to Japan as the biggest importer of seafood in the world, consuming more than 5 billion tons of fish every year. Americans eat 16 pounds of seafood per capita, 80 percent of it imported. Even with more and more seafood being farmed (for better or worse), this hunger for fish takes a major toll on the oceans and marine mammals.

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Director Rebecca Lent
Office of International Affairs
Attn: MMPA Fish Import Provisions
National Marine Fisheries Service, F/IA
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

RE: Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Implementation of Fish and Fish Product Import Provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, RIN 0648-AY15

Dear Director Lent,

We are writing to express our support for developing regulations to bring all imported fish and fish products into immediate compliance with provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) as proposed in the federal advanced notice of proposed rulemaking now underway [RIN 0648-AY15 Implementation of Fish and Fish Product Import Provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.]

For all fisheries, we support the immediate adoption of existing MMPA standards [Option 1] as the primary U. S. standards that all imported fisheries must meet. While we support consideration of threatened and endangered species protection as a means to prioritize protective measures, we believe that the MMPA provides the most relevant standards, including the zero mortality rate goal and potential biological removal, that Congress intended for exporting nations to meet.

Taking this long overdue step to comply with the MMPA is critical to achieving global marine mammal conservation, protecting domestic fishing interests, and ensuring that concerned U.S. consumers do not unwittingly contribute to the demise of marine mammals in foreign fisheries.

We urge you move expeditiously into full rulemaking in order to implement the provisions of the MMPA as required by law. Thank you for your consideration and response to our comments.




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Number Date Name Location
2163 Wed Sep 18 09:26:26 EDT 2013 Miriam Aja Jakarta, ot
2162 Fri Aug 30 13:30:14 EDT 2013 John Sodrel New Albany, IN
2161 Tue May 21 19:17:12 EDT 2013 Jessica Pynn Lawton, OK
2160 Tue May 21 19:16:47 EDT 2013 Jessica Pynn Lawton, OK
2159 Thu May 16 11:16:15 EDT 2013 Earl Guernsey Liverpool, NY
2158 Mon Feb 25 15:55:09 EST 2013 dustin howland woodbridge, CA
2157 Sat Aug 28 22:02:36 EDT 2010 cynthia laverdure Kapolei, HI
2156 Sat Aug 28 21:51:09 EDT 2010 fawn mccurdy warren, PA
2155 Sat Aug 28 21:13:58 EDT 2010 Albert Chung Hayward, CA
2154 Sat Aug 28 20:18:29 EDT 2010 Carol Lowe Redding, CA
2153 Sat Aug 28 19:16:10 EDT 2010 Stacy Sgro Santa Cruz, CA
2152 Sat Aug 28 18:52:22 EDT 2010 Ron Bottorff Newbury Park, CA
2151 Sat Aug 28 18:39:35 EDT 2010 Gudrun Dennis Gainesville, FL
2150 Sat Aug 28 18:13:31 EDT 2010 Iris Chynoweth Midpines, CA
2149 Sat Aug 28 17:46:58 EDT 2010 shahar marcus rishon, ot
2148 Sat Aug 28 17:36:21 EDT 2010 Jennifer Butler Wilmington, NC
2147 Sat Aug 28 17:36:21 EDT 2010 Jennifer Butler Wilmington, NC
2146 Sat Aug 28 17:04:27 EDT 2010 Wendy Ford PAHOA, HI
2145 Sat Aug 28 16:58:31 EDT 2010 margaret silver atlantic beach, FL
2144 Sat Aug 28 16:56:52 EDT 2010 ron silver atlantic beach, FL
2143 Sat Aug 28 16:56:14 EDT 2010 ron silver atlantic beach, FL
2142 Sat Aug 28 15:58:01 EDT 2010 JAMES CONROY HICKSVILLE, NY
2141 Sat Aug 28 15:41:24 EDT 2010 Carl Datz Denver, CO
2140 Sat Aug 28 15:30:17 EDT 2010 Cassandra Marichal Monterey, CA
2139 Sat Aug 28 15:24:50 EDT 2010 Sherron Bull Kailua Kona, HI
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