Victory for Sharks on the East Coast of the US

Written by on May 5, 2013 in Policy & Ocean Law, Sharks

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.

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Shark finning.

Shark finning. Photo credit: Oceana/LX.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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