GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONVENES:
The General Assembly convened this Wednesday for the beginning of the long session which is expected to last until July at the very least.
Although there have been bills introduced over the past couple of days, none of them involve fisheries. There is a bill being drafted about shellfish, so stay tuned for more information on that when it becomes available.
I was in Raleigh on Wednesday and Thursday speaking to various legislators and their staffs. The House Committees have been announced and we will list the ones that deal with fisheries next week, both for the House and Senate.
SHARK TRADE BILL INTRODUCE; SUPPORTED BY COMMERCIAL GROUPS:
The bill promotes successful U.S. Conservation Policies at Global Level.
HR-788 has been introduced in the U.S. House by Florida Congressman Daniel Webster. The bill was introduced on January 24th and has 13 cosponsors, including North Carolina Congressman, Walter B. Jones, Jr. It was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
The bill has been endorsed by the Sustainable Shark Alliance, of which the North Carolina Fisheries Association is a member.
You can see the press release here:
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