Thursday, October 24, 2013

DEMA: How to Ban the Sale of Shark Fins in Your Area

It looks like DEMA is holding a workshop on banning shark fins in your community.  #7 in the Shark Defenders' 10 Things You Can Do To Protect Sharks is 'support the banning of shark fishing and shark products in your community.'

I'm interested to see what the 'model' shark fin ban legislation DEMA has developed contains.  Not all shark fin trade bans are created alike. This chart from page 28 of How World Leaders Are Protecting Sharks by the Pew Charitable Trusts compares the shark fin trade bans in Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands (this was written before the laws in Illinois, Maryland, Deleware New York, and American Samoa):


Our opinion is that the Hawaiian law, the first one passed, is the strongest legislation as it is the most comprehensive, has very high fines, and the least exemptions.  Law student Don Gourlie also wrote a guest blog comparing the shark fin bans last year and comes to similar conclusions.

Here is the information for the DEMA workshop:
Saturday, November 9
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
How to Ban the Sale of Shark Fins in Your Area
Speaker: Bob Harris, DEMA Legislative Consultant, Messer Caparello Law Firm
Room: S31OEF
The session will outline how to introduce legislation in your state or community that would make the sale of shark fins illegal.  Join Bob Harris, DEMA Legislative Consultant, for this informative session on how you can help DEMA and the diving industry put an end to this thoughtless practice once and for all.

Session Outcomes:

  • Learn what DEMA and other states have done so far on this issue.
  • Understand the model shark fin ban legislation DEMA has developed.
  • Receive step-by-step instructions for introducing the legislation in your state or community.
  • Learn first-hand techniques on how to get this done.

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