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USA: Marine Mammal Protection Act Featured


The US Marine Mammal Protection Act came into force on January 1st 2017, and will require countries exporting fisheries products to the USA to introduce provisions to reduce marine mammal bycatch in their fisheries. The requirement is to establish regulatory programmes for marine mammal conservation that are comparable in effectiveness to the US programme. This may include assessing marine mammal stocks, estimating bycatch, and mitigating that bycatch to levels comparable with US regulatory programs in an analogous domestic fishery.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries has established a 5-year exemption period in order to allow other countries who export fish and fishery products to the USA the time necessary to develop appropriate systems and present the “comparability findings” which will be required for imports from 1st January 2022.

NOAA Fisheries will notify the nations with commercial fishing operations that export fish or fish products to the United States and request that within 90 days of notification that the nations submit information about the commercial fishing operations identified. After the conclusion of the one-time five-year exemption period, any new Country or fishery that has not previously exported to the United States, and that wishes to commence exports, will be granted a provisional comparability finding for a period not to exceed twelve months. After that period, they will be required to have the necessary programmes in place or they will not be permitted to export their products to the USA. Some Countries, notably the UK and Canada, have already made representation to NOAA to clarify their position with regard to aquaculture products and are awaiting an official response.

Source: NOAA Fisheries and Chris Leftwich, IAFI Board Member

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