A United States court has issued an import ban on nine species of New Zealand fish after NGO Sea Shepherd raised concerns over a particular species of dolphin in the country.

The ban, while only applicable to certain fish from certain areas, could inspire Sea Shepherd to demand other similar action for international fisheries in the US market, even those with strict regulations already in place.

Issued with immediate effect by the United States Court of International Trade, the injunction applies to snapper, tarakihi, spotted dogfish, trevally, warehou, hoki, barracouta, mullet, and gurnard from New Zealand’s west coast North Island multi-species setnet and trawl fisheries.