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December 22, 2010

U.S. Senate Approves Shark Conservation Bill

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate approved the Shark Conservation Act, which aims to resolve loopholes in a shark finning law passed more than 10 years ago. The act requires "any vessel to land sharks with their fins attached" and would prevent non-fishing vessels from transporting fins without their carcasses, according to Washington Reporter Juliet Eilperin.

To garner North Carolina Senator Richard Burr's support, an exemption was made allowing people catching smooth dogfish off the state's coast "to bring in fins separately, as long as they account for no more than 12 percent of the total weight of the catch."

While most environmentalists reportedly support the act, it is still uncertain whether or not President Obama will sign it.

Posted by jroualdes at December 22, 2010 09:48 PM


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