Court upholds ban on Mexican seafood imports tied to harming endangered porpoise

10/23/2018 – The Hill

backlit-beach-boat-358423By Miranda Green

The U.S. Court of International Trade struck down the Trump administration’s attempts to lift a ban on seafood imported from Mexico caught through a practice that can kill a highly endangered porpoise species.

The court late Monday denied a request from the Departments of Commerce, Homeland Security and Treasury, as well as the National Marine Fisheries Service, to lift the ban first put in place in July as a measure to protect the endangered Vaquita porpoise, found in Mexico’s Gulf of California.

“The arguments presented by the Government are not new to the Court — they have been presented before, and in two previous opinions, the Court has not been persuaded by them,” the judge.

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