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April 30, 2008

Shark Fins and Fishing Boats

I love law.  U.S. v. 64,695 Pounds of Shark Fins reminds me why.

The Ninth Circuit had to address whether a fishing boat that had lot of shark fins on board was a "fishing vessel" under certain federal statutes. A boat used for fishing wasn't a fishing vessel, or at least it wasn't clear enough that it was a fishing vessel, the court unanimously held.

On a more serious note, how many sharks were killed just for that one boat? 

April 30, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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