(Text coped from Robert Delfs)
A perverse proposed NOAA rule could gut state laws against importing, possessing, or selling shark fins, dealing a huge blow to global efforts to protect endangered and threatened shark species. It must not stand.
The public comment period on this rule has been extended to 7 July. It is important for people to speak out about this outrageous attempt to use the Shark Conservation Act to nullify state laws that protect sharks.
Go to <www.regulations.gov> and wait for the site to load. Enter NOAA-NMFS-2012-0092 in the keyword search for rules, comments, etc. Locate "Implementation of the Shark Conservation Act of 2010; Correction" and click on the “Submit a Comment Now” icon on the right side of that box. Now just fill in the form, follow the on-line instructions, and submit your comment. (You can pre-write your comment, save it in a text file and upload it now.)
Alternatively, you can fax your comment to NOAA at 301-713-1193 Attn: Erin Wilkinson. Be sure to mention "Implementation of the Shark Conservation Act of 2010" and the ID NOAA-NMFS-2012-0092.