Shark Protection Legislation - Senate Bill S.850

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Posted by Captain Kevin on April 29, 2009 at 20:23:24:

Fellow Divers,

Recently, the US House of Representatives passed a bill requiring that sharks must be landed with their fins attached (and fins must likewise still be attached to the shark) in the United States. This action significantly curtails the amount of shark product that a single ship can handle, helping protect shark populations from over-fishing. The bill also allows the US to take diplomatic actions against countries who refuse to enact or enforce shark conservation laws. This bill is now awaiting action in the Senate.

The attached link will take you to a page on the Oceana.org website which provides a form letter which will be forwarded directly to your US Senators urging them to take action on this bill (S.850). You must provide your name, address, zip code, and e-mail address to participate in the letter writing campaign. You can edit the form letter as you like, but if you do so I urge you to be respectful and professional.

I would like to ask all fellow divers who would like to assist in the protection of sharks to participate in this letter writing campaign. Oceana is a world-renowned conservation organization, and has done great work in helping this cause in the past. Please consider participating in this important activity.

Thank you!


Kevin Sullivan

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