Subject: Senate panel passes tuna catch (fwd)

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Date: Thu, 10 Jul 97 11:22:00 GMT 
Subject: Senate panel passes tuna catch

Senate panel passes tuna catch bill

    WASHINGTON (Reuter) - The Senate Commerce Committee Thursday
passed a bill to tighten the definition of "dolphin safe" on
tuna cans.
     Under a proposal by Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican,
tuna would not be labeled "dolphin safe" if a dolphin was
found seriously injured or killed in the process of tuna
     The original bill was less stiff, and would only have
prevented killing of dolphins, not serious injury, in tuna nets.
Current law bars the use of the label "dolphin safe" on tuna
caught in certain types of nets.
     The bill passed by the committee was in line with an
agreement backed by the Clinton administration that would allow
Mexico and other countries that fish the eastern Pacific access
to U.S. markets if they change their fishing methods.
     The bill calls for emergency regulations to be put in place
if research shows the agreement has harmed dolphin populations.