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Learn how a simple choice made by American consumers can help reduce the death and serious injury of an estimated 650,000 sea mammals annually.  Zak Smith who helped compile the report Net Loss: The Killing of Marine Mammals in Foreign Fisheries, is a staff attorney for Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) Marine Mammal Protection Project. In this episode he discusses the carnage caused by foreign fisheries to an estimated 650.000 marine mammals each year, and how by selecting American caught seafood over foreign caught seafood American consumers can help reduce this horrendous depletion of sea mammals.

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North Atlantic Right Whales

There are an estimated 450 to 500 North Atlantic Right Whales left in the world. One of threats to the survival of this species is entanglement in fishing gear and lines from lobster traps. Here, a team help extricate a right whale from entanglement - Photo courtesy of NOAA

    Zak Smith is a staff attorney for NRDC’s Marine Mammal Protection Project.  He represents NRDC in a number of matters from lawsuits challenging the Navy’s use of sonar to the government’s permitting of oil and gas activities in the Gulf of Mexico. 
    Some of the issues he has worked on include the international trade in polar bear parts, the bycatch of marine mammals in international commercial fisheries, and the U.S. Navy’s use of sonar.  Before coming to NRDC, Zak was an attorney in the environmental law practice of the law firm Bingham McCutchen. 

    Zak is based in NRDC’s Santa Monica office.  He has a law degree from UCLA School of Law, a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Read the report NRDC report, Net Loss: The Killing of Marine Mammals in Foreign Fisheries, by Zak Smith, Margaretmary Gilroy, Matthew Eisenson,Erin Schnettler,Stephanie Stefanski


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