Pakistan secures two-year extension in MMPA exemption period

Pakistan attains a remarkable global milestone as the Department of Commerce and the National Marine Fisheries Service of the United States have granted a two-year extension in Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMA) exemption period.

According to the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, the extension distinguishes Pakistan among a select few out of 130 countries.

This significant development extends the deadline for comparability findings for commercial fishing operations exporting fish and fish products to the United States to December 31, 2025.

The regulations initially grant foreign nations a five-year exemption period to develop regulatory programs addressing marine mammal bycatch comparable to US standards.

Originally set to conclude on 31st of the next month, this exemption period has now been extended.

This achievement is a testament to Pakistan’s commitment to aligning its fishing practices with the highest international standards. The extension underscores Pakistan’s dedication to upholding the objectives of the Marine Mammal Protection Act while navigating the practical challenges of evaluating regulatory programs in foreign countries.

This also sets a powerful precedent for other nations to follow suit, demonstrating Pakistan’s leadership in sustainable marine resource management.

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