Maryland’s Governor O’Malley signed a shark fin bill on Thursday, making Maryland the first east coast state to ban the sale, trade, distribution and possession of shark fins throughout the state. Maryland joins all west coast states along with Illinois and Hawaii in banning the fin trade.
This good news came shortly after the New York State Senate passed a similar bill. And since then, Delaware has made progress towards shark conservation as well. Less than a week after a shark fin bill passed the Delaware state Assembly, the Senate signed on. Now, the bill will go on to Governor Jack Markell to be signed into law.
To learn more, check out some of these articles:
- Rules proposed to ban cutting off shark fins (Video)
- U.S. government: shark fin bans “significantly undermine conservation and management of Federal shark fisheries”
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