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Today in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Trade Organization (WTO) handed down the final decision in a long running trade dispute between Mexico and the United States regarding the use of dolphin safe labels in the U.S. marketplace. The ruling ratified non-compliance claims made by the government of Mexico under Article 21.5 that the United States had failed to comply with the 2011 ruling of the WTO Appellate Body.
The Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna today praised the Government of Mexico’s decision to continue its decades-long effort to promote a more sustainable approach to tuna fishing and adequately ensure consumers that no dolphins were harmed in the capture of tuna bearing the “dolphin-safe” label. Yesterday’s filing of its first written submission in the Article 21.5 compliance phase of the long-running case before the World Trade Organization represents the latest step in Mexico’s dispute with the United States over the legality of the use of the “dolphin-safe” label in the U.S. market for tuna products.
This week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued regulations it claims will protect dolphins and provide consumers with greater assurance that no dolphins were harmed or killed during the harvest of tuna. In what has become an all too familiar pattern, NOAA has yet again missed an opportunity to put in place a truly dolphin-safe regime; one that complies with the Agreement on the International Dolphin Conservation Program (AIDCP).
WASHINGTON, April 6, 2013 — Yesterday the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of Commerce released draft regulations to comply with last year's WTO ruling on the use of the dolphin-safe label on tuna products. The current dolphin-safe label fails to adequately ensure consumers that no dolphins were harmed in the capture of tuna bearing the label. While the proposed draft regulations acknowledge this reality, according to the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna they do not protect dolphins or provide consumers with accurate information.
WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013 — The Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna today announced its newest member and principal sponsor, the Latin American Organization for Fisheries Development. The organization, known as OLDEPESCA, will assist the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna as it continues to advocate for a more sustainable approach to tuna fishing and truth-in-labeling. OLDEPESCA joins the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna as the deadline for a U.S. response to last year’s ruling by the World Trade Organization (WTO) approaches. It has never been more important to educate consumers about the true nature of current tuna fishing and labeling practices, and the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna is pleased to have OLDEPESCA as partner in this effort.
WASHINGTON, January 23, 2013 — Today the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna launched an international effort to promote a more sustainable approach to tuna fishing and truth-in-labeling. By educating consumers about the true nature of current tuna fishing and labeling practices, the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna seeks to ensure that not only dolphins, but sharks, marine turtles, seabirds, juvenile tuna and other vulnerable species, are not unnecessarily harmed during the fishing process.