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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3696        FILED ON: 6/10/2013

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Jason M. Lewis


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to ocean ecology and shark protection.






Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Tackey Chan

2nd Norfolk

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Kevin G. Honan

17th Suffolk

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

William N. Brownsberger

Second Suffolk and Middlesex

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Daniel A. Wolf

Cape and Islands

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3696        FILED ON: 6/10/2013

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By Mr. Lewis of Winchester, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Jason M. Lewis and others for legislation to ban shark fin trading.  Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to ocean ecology and shark protection.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              Section 1.  Chapter 130, Title XIX of the Massachusetts General Laws is amended by adding the following new section:-

              Section 106. Trade in shark fins; penalty

              (a)  For the purpose of this section:

              (1) ‘Shark’ shall mean any species of the subclass Elasmobranchii; and

              (2) ‘Shark’ does not include smooth-hounds, spiny dogfish, or species in the superorder batoidea; and

              (3) ‘Shark fin’ shall mean the raw, dried or otherwise processed detached fin, or the raw, dried or otherwise processed detached tail, of a shark.

              (b)  Except as otherwise provided in this section, no person shall possess, sell, offer for sale, trade or distribute a shark fin.

              (c)  A person may separate a shark fin from any lawfully-landed shark during the ordinary course of preparing the shark’s body, or body parts other than the fins, for consumption, sale, trade, or distribution, except that any shark fins so separated from a landed shark shall be immediately disposed of through destruction unless possession is otherwise permitted pursuant to subsections (d) or (e) of this section.

              (d)  The Division may issue permits for the possession of a shark fin for bona fide non-commercial scientific research purposes.

              (e)   Nothing in this section prohibits the possession of a shark fin for purposes of taxidermy and subsequent display.

              (f)  Any shark fin seized by the Division through the enforcement of this section shall be destroyed by the Division, and not sold, upon forfeiture.

              (g)  Whoever violates this section shall be punished for the first offense by a fine of not less than $150 nor more than $1,000 for every such fin; and for a subsequent offense by a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $2,000 for every such fin, or by imprisonment for not less than 90 days nor more than one year, or both such fine and imprisonment.

              Section 2.  This Act takes effect on June 1, 2014.

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