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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A measure that would increase fines and suspend licenses for people who violate a state law about the illegal possession of shark fins is poised for approval by the Florida Senate next week.

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Federal law prohibits finning in the United States.

State law requires sharks harvested in Florida waters to be brought ashore in a whole condition. People illegally in possession of shark fins face a second-degree misdemeanor carrying a fine up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

The bill in the Senate, sponsored by Sen. Travis Hutson, would increase the fine to $4,500 and add a six-month suspension of a person’s saltwater license on a first offense. A second violation would bump the fine to $9,500 with a one-year license suspension. Licenses would be permanently revoked on a third offense.

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A similar House proposal has been unanimously supported by two panels and awaits an appearance before the Government Accountability Committee.

Shark fins are considered a delicacy in parts of Asia.

A federal rule outlaws the removal of the fins of a shark, including the tail, at sea or to bring on land a fin that is not attached to the carcass of a shark. However, a Senate staff report noted that while the practice of shark finning is prohibited in the U.S., trade in shark fins is legal.

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The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.