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True, it’s a big place with a lot of ground to cover. But I did do a doubletake when I saw the State Department’s most recent press release:
Sea Turtle Conservation and Shrimp Imports

On January 29, 2003, the Department of State determined that Honduras and
Venezuela no longer meet the requirements set by Section 609 of P.L. 101-162
related to the protection of sea turtles in the course of commercial shrimp
harvesting. As a result of this determination, importation of shrimp harvested
in Honduras and Venezuela with commercial fishing technology that may adversely
affect endangered sea turtles will be prohibited. However, imports of shrimp
harvested in Honduras and Venezuela by other means, including by aquaculture
and with artisanal methods, may continue….


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