States Prohibition of Imports of Tuna and Tuna
Products from Canada
finding adopted on 22 February 1982. Adopted,
pre-WTO, GATT panel reports can be downloaded here.
import prohibition was introduced by the US after Canada
had seized 19 fishing vessels and arrested US fishermen
fishing for albacore tuna, without authorization from the
Canadian government, in waters considered by Canada to be
under its jurisdiction. The US did not recognize this
jurisdiction and introduced an import prohibition to
retaliate under the Fishery Conservation and Management
Panel found that the import prohibition was contrary to
Article XI:1, and was justified neither under Article
XI:2, nor under Article XX(g) of the General Agreement.
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