From ANIMAL PEOPLE, June 1993:

The National Marine Fisheries Service on
April 29 issued fishing quotas on 39 shark species
native along the U.S. coast from Maine to Texas, and
banned catching sharks just to cut off their fins, which
command high prices in China, Japan and Southeast
Asia. The action is intended to prevent the slow-breed
ing and heavily hunted sharks from becoming endan
gered. A total ban on commercial pursuit of the great
white shark, tiger shark, and black tip shark is under
consideration. West coast sharks were not protected
because, NMFS spokespersons said, they are already
covered by various state laws.
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