Thursday, August 1, 2013
And Now, We Wait
Posted by Shark Defenders
In the last month, Pew, Oceana, the Humane Society, and Earthjustice generated over 100,000 individual comments to NOAA, asking the agency not to move forward with a proposed Shark Conservation Act of 2010 implementing rule that potentially could overturn shark protections passed in 10 states and territories.
NOAA also received letters from the U.S. House with 62 signatories and U.S. Senate with 10 signatories, state and territory legislators, state attorney generals, scientists, zoos and aquariums, many non-government organizations, and the Shark Attack Survivors for Conservation. The Association of Pacific Island Legislatures also passed a resolution opposing NOAA’s proposal that would take a step backward in shark conservation by preempting stronger state and territorial shark conservation laws.
The agency’s comment period closed Wednesday, July 31.