Tuna-Dolphin Case

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Tuna-Dolphin Case

The discovery that tuna fishers were ensnaring dolphins in their netting, injuring or killing many. Tuna swim near dolphins in the wild for protection from sharks. As a result, tuna fishing boats tracked dolphins to find tuna. Because dolphins are considered among the most highly intelligent species on Earth, many found this practice to be unethical. As a result, various companies and governments began taking steps to ensure tuna fishing practices were "dolphin safe" and did not injure dolphins. The U.S. Department of Commerce began issuing dolphin safe labels in 1990.
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(187.) Specifically, the Secretary must find "(i) the government of the harvesting country has a program regulating taking of marine mammals that is comparable to that of the United States, and (ii) the average rate of incidental taking of marine mammals by vessels of the harvesting nation is comparable to the average rate of such taking by United States vessels." Tuna Dolphin Case, supra note 176, para.