Vermont Journal of Environmental Law

Volume 21 (2019-2020)

Comparing Recent Federal and State Attempts at Legislation Promoting Shark Conservation: A Failure of Cooperative Federalism?

Sharks aren’t gods and they’re not devils. I regard them as true lords of time. They’ve survived multiple extinction episodes when most marine animals have disappeared. They’ve had the strength and adaptations to come back time and time again, and they’ve been around probably longer than most animals with backbones – nearly half a billion years! But now humans, the super-predator, threaten to undo the half-billion-year reign of sharks. And the sad fact is that we’re killing them off to make soup out of their fins!1

Comparing Recent Federal and State Attempts at Legislation Promoting Shark Conservation: A Failure of Cooperative Federalism?Comparing Recent Federal and State Attempts at Legislation Promoting Shark Conservation: A Failure of Cooperative Federalism?