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An "affirmative finding" is a set of criteria the United States imposes on nations wishing to import yellowfin tuna into the U.S. in order for the importing nation to comport with our environmental laws and requirements regarding dolphin-safe tuna.

A portion of the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) addresses the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP) tuna purse seine fishery and the importation of yellowfin tuna from nations participating in this fishery. Under the MMPA, the U.S. maintains its embargo of yellowfin tuna from a nation whose vessels harvest ETP tuna (harvesting nation) unless the nation obtains an "affirmative finding" from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

The MMPA affirmative finding requires that the harvesting nation meets several conditions related to compliance with the International Dolphin Conservation Program (IDCP):

Tuna/Dolphin Embargo Status Update

Affirmative Finding Regulatory Text (50 CFR 216.24(f)(8))

Updated: April 10, 2014