NMFS Bans Import of Fish Products from Certain New Zealand Fisheries

Under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and pursuant to a November 28, 2022 court order, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced import restrictions on fish harvested in certain Government of New Zealand (GNZ) regulated fisheries due to GNZ’s failure to impose sufficient measures to protect marine mammals from fishing vessel strikes. Similar fish products harvested from other areas or with other types of fishing gear will only be eligible for entry into the U.S. market when accompanied by a Certification of Admissibility validating origin from somewhere other than the restricted fisheries.