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    By 2023 all seafood imported to the U.S. will have to show that it was harvested with the new U.S. standard for wildlife protection. Currently, most Canadian aquaculture operations have been exempt from the new rule set by the United States. The seafood imports should be able to prove that they do not harm whales, seals, and other marine mammals. 

    Beginning 2023, all seafood entering the U.S. that has not been granted an exemption will need to show proof. The new standards are comparable to the laws under the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act. All countries have until Tuesday of this week to apply for the comparability finding.

    The pending rule change was announced in 2016 and the U.S. created a list of foreign fisheries with two categories. The first category is “exempt” meaning the fishery poses little to no risk and the second category is “export” meaning there is more of a chance that the fishery is harming marine mammals. In Canada, 27 out of 36 fisheries have been exempted by the federal government. 

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