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NOAA Fisheries Announces Rescheduled Date for Norfolk, VA Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop and Workshops to be held in April, May, and June of 2015

March 5, 2015

An Atlantic shark dealer may not receive, purchase, trade, or barter for Atlantic sharks unless a valid Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop dealer certificate is on the premises of each business location listed under the shark dealer permit where sharks are first received (71 FR 58057; October 2, 2006). Trucks or other conveyances of a dealer’s place of business that are extensions of a dealer’s place of business must also possess a copy of a valid dealer or proxy Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop certificate (73 FR 38153; July 3, 2008). Additionally, Atlantic shark dealers may not renew a Federal shark dealer permit unless a valid Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop certificate has been submitted with the permit renewal application (71 FR 58057; October 2, 2006). As such, Atlantic shark dealers who have not already attended a workshop and received a valid NMFS certificate, or whose certificate is expiring prior to the next permit renewal, must attend one of the free workshops in order to receive shark products or renew their Atlantic shark dealer permit. The Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops being held in April, May, and June of 2015 are listed below.

Who Must Attend?

Purpose of Workshops


All workshops will be held from 12:00 (noon) to 4:00 p.m.

Date Location Address City State Zip Code
(rescheduled from 2/26/2015)
LaQuinta Inn & Suites 1387 North Military Highway Norfolk VA 23502
4/9/2015 Hampton Inn 124 Old Eastwood Road Wilmington NC 28403
5/7/2015 LaQuinta Inn & Suites 10 Aero Road Bohemia NY 11716
6/3/2015 Holiday Inn 151 Route 72 East Manahawkin NJ 08050

What to Bring

To ensure that the workshop certificate is linked to the correct permit, please bring the following items to the workshop:

Individual Dealer Permit Holder:

Representative of a Partnership, Corporation, or Other Entity:

Dealer Proxies:

For More Information:

To pre-register for a scheduled workshop, please contact Eric Sander at or by phone at (386) 852-8588. Pre-registration is highly recommended but is not required. For further information regarding workshop requirements please visit the following webpage: or contact Rick Pearson at (727) 824-5399.


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