By Neil Ramsden / Undercurrent News
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has extended its rules labeling Mexican tuna imports as “dolphin-safe” to cover the rest of the world, in a bid to end its trade dispute with Mexico.
On March 22, NOAA Fisheries filed an interim final rule to implement regulations under the Dolphin Protection Consumer Information Act (DPCIA), to enhance the requirements for documentation and captain training to support labels on tuna products that represent the product as “dolphin safe.”
“NOAA Fisheries considers the DPCIA and the dolphin-safe labeling effort to be a valuable management and conservation tool in reducing tuna fishing-related death and serious injury to dolphins,” it said.
The interim final rule is intended to strengthen the regulatory framework by which the DPCIA is implemented, and to ensure that the United States satisfies its obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the body added.
This week, it was revealed that Mexico is planning to request authorization from the WTO to impose $472 million in sanctions against the US.