President Biden Urged to Ban Mexican Fish Imports, Stop Mass Killing of Endangered Sea Turtles

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity called on President Biden today to impose trade sanctions against Mexico to stop the nation’s massive bycatch of loggerhead sea turtles, as required by U.S. law.

In August the National Marine Fisheries Service certified Mexico for its bycatch under the U.S. Moratorium Protection Act. Certification requires that Biden now ban Mexican fish imports.

“The United States has tools to push Mexico to limit loggerhead sea turtle bycatch, but I’m frustrated that Biden isn’t using them,” said Sarah Uhlemann, international program director at the Center. “Loggerhead sea turtles are deeply imperiled and they need protection from both our nations to survive. President Biden must ban Mexican fish imports and pressure Mexico to take action.”

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