Proposed NOAA Regulation Could Pre-empt State Bans on Buying or Selling Shark Fins

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Posted by Patrick on June 30, 2013 at 16:16:00:

Proposed NOAA Regulation Could Pre-empt State Bans on Buying or Selling Shark Fins


(Text coped from Robert Delfs)
A perverse proposed NOAA rule could gut state laws against importing, possessing, or selling shark fins, dealing a huge blow to global efforts to protect endangered and threatened shark species. It must not stand.

The public comment period on this rule has been extended to 7 July. It is important for people to speak out about this outrageous attempt to use the Shark Conservation Act to nullify state laws that protect sharks.

Go to and wait for the site to load. Enter NOAA-NMFS-2012-0092 in the keyword search for rules, comments, etc. Locate "Implementation of the Shark Conservation Act of 2010; Correction" and click on the “Submit a Comment Now” icon on the right side of that box. Now just fill in the form, follow the on-line instructions, and submit your comment. (You can pre-write your comment, save it in a text file and upload it now.)

Alternatively, you can fax your comment to NOAA at 301-713-1193 Attn: Erin Wilkinson. Be sure to mention "Implementation of the Shark Conservation Act of 2010" and the ID NOAA-NMFS-2012-0092.

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