Help prevent a setback to U.S. shark finning policy!
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is starting to implement the 2010 Shark Conservation Act, and they've proposed an amendment that would allow some finning of smoothhound sharks (Mustelus canis) in U.S. waters. This would be a huge step back in U.S. shark fisheries management policy.
Any concerned member of the public can send a "public comment" until 5:00 P.M. EST tomorrow (March 28th). Comments from scientists would be particularly helpful. More details on the proposed amendment and instructions on how to contact ASFMC can be found on this blog post:
Please share with friends and interested colleagues, and please take a few minutes to voice your objection.
Please note that writing a comment on my blog post is not the same thing as submitting a public comment, though you are welcome to comment on the blog post to ask questions about the amendment or to let me know that you've sent a public comment.
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