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November 30, 2009

Commerce committee clears Shark Conservation Act for full Senate vote

A requirement to land all sharks with their fins naturally attached would apply to all vessels
By Ncmc

On November 19th, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved the Shark Conservation Act  (S. 850) for a vote by the full Senate. Introduced by Senator John Kerry, the bill mirrors legislation passed by the House of Representatives in March of this year. If enacted, the Shark Conservation Act would  strengthen the U.S. shark finning ban and encourage other countries to implement comparable regulations or face U.S. sanctions. A requirement  to land all sharks with their fins naturally attached would apply  to all vessels within the United States and its territories, helping not only to enforce the shark finning ban but also to assist in  the identification of sharks, improving our understanding of shark  populations. We are closer than ever to realizing this important victory for  sharks. Senator Kerry has amassed an impressive list of bill cosponsors  (see full story for list). If one of your senators is on that list, please send him or her your thanks for supporting the bill. If  your senators have not yet joined the effort, please ask them for  their support today! Read full story:
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