Court: Ban seafood caught with nets that harm tiny porpoises
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has ordered the U.S. government to ban imports of seafood caught by Mexican fisheries that use a net blamed for killing off the vaquita, the world’s smallest and most-endangered porpoise.
Judge Gary Katzmann of The U.S. Court of International Trade on Thursday granted a motion after three environmental groups filed a lawsuit seeking a ban on seafood caught with gillnets in part of the Gulf of California, where the vaquita live.
Scientists estimate that there could be as few as 15 of the animals left.
Their numbers have been severely reduced illegal fishing and by the gillnets, which are used to catch a variety of shrimp and fish.
The Justice Department, which had opposed the ban, did not immediately answer an email seeking comment.
Published at Thu, 26 Jul 2018 19:50:21 +0000