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Nine shark attack survivors will lobby the Senate to put new restrictions on fishing for sharks. The current legislation, Shark Fisheries Management Plan, implemented in the late 1990s, and the Shark Finning Prohibition Act of 2000 has failed to prevent thirty-two percent of the sharks and rays that live in the open ocean from being classified as “threatened” this year by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
The strengthened fishing restrictions have already passed in the House in March of this year. The legislation will close two loopholes in the Shark Finning Prohibition Act by mandating that all sharks be landed with fins attached, preventing the practice of removing fins from sharks then dumping the carcass, dead or alive, back into the ocean.
MSNBC has interesting perspectives from the attack survivors and their resolve to protect the creatures who once attacked them, including survivor Chuck Anderson who was bitten in the stomach and lost his arm to an attack while training for a triathlon.