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NOAA Fisheries Announces Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops for October, November, and December 2016

Posted: September 1, 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 April, May, and June of 2016 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

10/13/2016

LaQuinta Inn

23 Cummings Street

Somerville

MA

02145

11/10/2016

Hampton Inn

1104 Isle of Palms Connector

Mount Pleasant

SC

29464

12/8/2016

LaQuinta Inn

5000 Lake Boulevard

Clearwater

FL

33760

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.