An Act relative to ocean ecology and shark protection

The committee on Ways and Means recommended that the bill be amended by striking out subsection (e) of section 2 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-

“(e) Whoever violates this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 60 days or by both such fine and imprisonment; provided, however, that each shark fin possessed, sold, offered for sale, traded or distributed in violation of this section shall constitute a separate offense. A violation of this section by a person holding a commercial or recreational license or permit pursuant to this chapter may result in the suspension or revocation of such license or permit.”; and

by inserting before the enacting clause the following emergency preamble:-

“Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to prohibit forthwith the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.”