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Proposed Rule to Implement the Shark Conservation Act of 2010

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On January 4, 2011, the Shark Conservation Act of 2010 (SCA) was signed into law, amending the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Congress passed the law to address concerns about shark finning—the practice of removing the fin or fins from a shark and discarding the remainder of the shark at sea.

The SCA prohibits any person from removing shark fins at sea or possessing, transferring, or landing shark fins unless they are naturally attached to the corresponding carcass. NOAA Fisheries is proposing a rule to implement some of the domestic provisions of the SCA. The comment period was extended, and comments on the proposed rule were accepted until July 31, 2013.

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Shark Conservation Act – Proposed Rule

The proposed rule is intended to bring U.S. federal domestic shark fisheries into compliance with the requirements of the SCA. The SCA also includes a “savings clause” for individuals engaged in commercial fishing for smooth dogfish, and NOAA Fisheries is developing a separate rule to address that issue.

Learn more about the proposed rule and shark conservation and management in the United States.

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