Court of International Trade Blocks New Zealand Fish Imports Over Dolphin Concerns

The U.S. Court of International Trade temporarily enjoined certain seafood imports from New Zealand, including snapper, tarakihi, spotted dogfish, trevally, warehou, hoki, barracouta, flounder, mullet, and gurnard from the inshore trawl fishery and inshore gillnet fishery off the west coast of the North Island where approximately fifty remaining Māui dolphins can be found. Judge Gary S. Katzmann granted Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Sea Shepherd New Zealand’s request for a preliminary injunction blocking the seafood imports on the basis that New Zealand’s protections for the critically endangered dolphin are not comparable to those promulgated by the United States.