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Massachusetts Legislation

HB 3571: An Act Relative to Ocean Ecology and Shark Protection

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Description: This bill contributes to shark conservation efforts by banning the possession, trade, and sale of shark fins. Similar bans exist in Hawaii, California, Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Delaware, Maryland, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam.

Massachusetts has a large fishing industry, so the bill exempts smooth-hounds, spiny dogfish and skates from the ban due to their prominence in the state economy. Additionally, a legally caught shark may be sold as long as the fins are naturally attached to its body.

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