30 Apr '13, 3pm

Trade Sanctions Sought to Stop Mass Killing of Sea Turtles in Mexican Fisheries

Trade Sanctions Sought to Stop Mass Killing of Sea Turtles in Mexican Fisheries

Under an American law referred to as the “Pelly Amendment,” the conservation groups’ petition asks the United States to officially recognize or “certify” that Mexico’s sea turtle bycatch “diminishes the effectiveness” of the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles. Under this treaty, Mexico, the United States and other nations have committed to reduce bycatch to “greatest extent practicable,” yet loggerhead bycatch remains substantially unregulated in Mexico. If the secretary of commerce agrees, President Obama may then ban Mexican imports until sea turtle bycatch is reduced.

Full article: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/20...

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