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?