The Lacey Act
The Lacey Act is one example of how environmental regulations can protect American jobs. Lacey’s success in cutting down on illegal logging and industry’s support for it demonstrates that environmental safeguards can bring benefits to U.S. businesses while protecting the very natural resources –at home and abroad—upon which those businesses and many communities rely.
Amanda Maxwell at the NRDC Switchboard. I think the same argument could be made for illegally-sourced and/or -labelled seafood. As I understand, the Lacey Act applies to seafood but has yet to be used. More here.
And good video on the Lacey Act and timber: