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Hundreds of Thousands of Whales and Dolphins Killed or Hurt Annually by Foreign Fishing Practices; Enforcement of U.S. Law and Fishery Practices Would Help Eliminate Mass Slaughter and Injuries; Canada, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and Sri Lanka Highlighted.

NEW YORK - January 6, 2014 ( newswire) When you eat wild-caught shrimp, tuna, lobster, or salmon is it coming with a side of dolphin, whale or sea lion?

A new Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report -- Net Loss: The Killing of Marine Mammals in Foreign Fisheries will show several hundred thousand marine mammals are killed or seriously injured each year by foreign fishery operations and that enforcement of a U.S. law protecting such mammals could significantly reduce this slaughter.


U.S. food consumers are unlikely to be aware that nearly all seafood currently consumed in the U.S. is imported and that the shrimp, tuna, crab, lobster, and salmon fishing practices of China, Canada, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, Turkey, Sri Lanka, and other nations, pose an unacceptable and avoidable danger to marine mammals that could be prevented by upholding U.S. fishery law and practices.


* Zak Smith, NRDC attorney and co-author of the report; * Acy Cooper, vice president, Louisiana Shrimpers Association; and * Dr. Andrew J. Read, Stephen Toth professor of marine biology, Division of Marine Science & Conservation, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014


12:30 p.m. EST/17:30 GMT

CALL-IN INFORMATION: Join the live, phone-based news conference (with two-way Q&A) at 12:30 p.m. EST/17:30 GMT on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, by dialing: 1 (877) 418-4267 in the U.S. only; 080-823-89064 in the United Kingdom; or +1-412-717-9585 for callers outside the U.S./UK. Ask for the "foreign fishing attack on marine mammals" telenews event.


Jessica Lass, or (415) 875-6143; and Ailis Aaron Wolf, (703) 276-3265 or Visuals will be available.

The Natural Resources Defense Council is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Livingston, Montana, and Beijing. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.

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