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NOAA Fisheries Announces Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops for January, February, and March 2017

Posted: December 6, 2016

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 January, February, and March 2017 are listed below.

Who Must Attend?

Purpose of Workshops

Schedule

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

Date

Location

Address

City

State

Zip Code

1/12/2017

DoubleTree Hotel

2150 Veterans Memorial Highway

Kenner

LA

70062

2/9/2017

LaQuinta Inn & Suites

1387 North Military Highway

Norfolk

VA

32502

3/9/2017

LaQuinta Inn & Suites

2655 Crossroads Parkway

Fort Pierce

FL

34945

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 ericssharkguide@yahoo.com 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: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/compliance/workshops/index.html or contact Rick Pearson at (727) 824-5399.