Great news for the world’s marine mammals

I am always excited to report positive news (reported at length here).  Starting in the new year, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will require countries exporting seafood to the United States to demonstrate that their fisheries comply with the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).  The US is the world’s largest seafood importer and the MMPA is among the world’s strongest marine mammal protection laws (most of the world’s ∼125 marine mammal species are affected by fisheries bycatch). Because of our far-reaching importance for the marine fisheries, this regulation could have very significant conservation benefits, potentially spilling over to other areas of marine governance. A key aspect many of the smaller (and poorer) countries that rely on exporting fisheries to the US will require additional substantial investments to boost scientific and compliance capacity in order to minimize economic hardship on already poor communities.  This looks like a big win for marine mammals and fisheries sustainability in general.

 

 

 

By | 2016-12-20T17:25:35+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Categories: Current Events, Endangered species, Marine Mammals, Overfishing, Policy|1 Comment

About the Author:

Jacob Allgeier
I am an ecologist with broad interests in how human-induced changes alter how ecosystems function and the services that they provide. A central focus of my research is understanding how changes in biodiversity affect the flow of nutrients and energy in ecosystems. Most of this research takes place in tropical coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, seagrass beds, and coral reefs. I am an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

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  1. Dawn Nielsen December 20, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Great news!

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