When the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) last week released its first draft of its report on shark fisheries in New York, it made a point to note that the department was not making a judgment on any species.
The draft report was written in response to the request of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for comments from the state’s fisheries department.
As part of the review, DEC also wanted input from New York residents on the proposed regulation.
It did not require the fishermen to be certified in shark fishery science, but was instead asking them to provide their thoughts on how the new rules would be implemented and what they would like to see changed.
“We have the opportunity to make a huge difference for sharks in New Yorks and around the world,” said DEC’s John Stott, a biologist.
“If we can get the right information to the public and the public to make informed decisions, it will make a big difference for the future of sharks.”
The agency is not alone in this approach.
Last year, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued a draft of a shark finning ban that was met with criticism from animal rights groups.
The USFWS proposed banning the sale and use of all shark fins in the United States, but did not include a specific ban on the sale of shark fins to tourists.
The government’s move was criticized by environmentalists and some lawmakers who argued that the ban would lead to an unsustainable industry that would lead many species to extinction.
The agency’s draft ban did not address any species that the state had previously banned or restricted, and was instead focused on shark fin soup and shark fin sauce, which are marketed to those seeking a quick fix for their stomach aches and other gastrointestinal issues.
The new draft, which is now being reviewed, would require that shark fin products be labelled with the state seal of approval.
The state’s proposal is aimed at keeping the fins off the market, but also to prevent the public from knowing about the source of the shark’s fins.
The plan would also ban the use of shark fin oil in shark fin broth or shark fin jelly, and the use or sale of other shark fin-based products.
In a statement, the agency said it was not yet clear whether the new regulations would apply to commercial shark fin processing or to the production of shark-fin soup.
“As the agency is reviewing the proposal and the regulations to implement it, we are in the process of reviewing the potential impact on the industry,” the statement said.
“While we have not yet reviewed the proposed regulations, the proposed rule is not intended to target or limit any of the industries that produce shark fin, including those producing shark fin meat.”
Stott said the agency was currently working with other agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Fish and Game, to determine what kind of regulation would best address the issue of shark fishing.
“The draft regulation has some elements that we can look at to see if we can make the right decisions for sharks and the other species that need to be protected,” he said.
The New York Department of Agriculture (NYDA) has also been working on shark fishing regulations for some time.
In 2015, the department proposed the creation of a new regulatory framework for the industry that was designed to address concerns that commercial shark fishing would lead more sharks to die off.
The regulations would have required the use and sale of a ban on shark fins, and would have also banned shark fins soup or shark fins jelly, as well as the sale or possession of shark products with shark fins.
“These are the rules that have been in place for decades, so it is not a new thing,” said NYDA spokesman Scott McQuinn.
“What we are seeing now is that there is a new set of concerns being raised by some groups and there are a lot of new regulations that have come out in recent years.”
McQuin said that he could not provide a timeline for when regulations would be published, and that he would have to wait until after the state completes the review of the draft regulations.
“I can only say that we are actively looking at the regulatory framework that is being developed by the state and working with the agencies,” he added.
“This is something that we have been working at for a long time and this is the kind of work that we will continue to do as we move forward.”
The New Jersey state is also looking at ways to regulate shark fin and shark soup, which have become a major source of income for the state, and has proposed the possibility of establishing a state-run shark fin company to take over operations of the existing shark fin business.
The idea of creating a state shark fin farm was floated by the New Brunswick-based Shark Fin Alliance, a group that has opposed efforts to ban shark fin.
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