15 Sep '11, 10pm

WTO

A ruling on Thursday by the World Trade Organization could imperil “dolphin safe” labeling on tuna in the United States. Department of Commerce Mexico had complained to the international arbiter that American labeling rules, which bestow dolphin-safe labels only on fishing fleets that do not use a netting method known as purse seining, discriminate against Mexican producers. (Purse seining involves setting up a wall of netting around fish and then “pursing” the bottom to capture them.) The World Trade Organization ruled that the American rules do not discriminate against Mexican producers. Nonetheless, it said that the nation’s rules were more restrictive than they needed to be to protect dolphins and inform consumers. The impact of the decision was being debated on Thursday as experts analyzed hundreds of pages of details. Andrea D. Mead, a spokeswoman for the United Stat...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/15/ruling-may-jeop...

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