Texas Parks and Wildlife Code

Sec. § 66.2161
Sale or Purchase of Shark Fins


(a)

In this section:

(1)

“Shark” means any species of the subclass Elasmobranchii.

(2)

“Shark fin” means the fresh and uncooked, or cooked, frozen, dried, or otherwise processed, detached fin or tail of a shark.

(b)

A person may not buy or offer to buy, sell or offer to sell, possess for the purpose of sale, transport, or ship for the purpose of sale, barter, or exchange a shark fin regardless of where the shark was taken or caught.

(c)

A person may buy or offer to buy, sell or offer to sell, possess for the purpose of sale, transport, or ship for the purpose of sale, barter, or exchange a shark carcass that retains all of its fins naturally attached to the carcass through some portion of uncut skin.

(d)

Notwithstanding Subsection (b), the department may issue a permit for the possession, transport, sale, or purchase of shark fins for a bona fide scientific research purpose.

(e)

When a person is charged with violating this section, the warden or other peace officer shall seize and hold the shark fin as evidence. Notwithstanding Section 12.109 (Confiscation and Disposition of Aquatic Products), on a final court ruling, the department shall destroy the shark fin.

(f)

A person may possess a shark fin if:

(1)

the person holds the appropriate state or federal license or permit authorizing the taking or landing of a shark for recreational or commercial purposes;

(2)

the shark fin is taken from a shark that the person has taken or landed; and

(3)

the shark fin is taken in a manner consistent with the person’s license.
Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1254 (H.B. 1579), Sec. 2, eff. July 1, 2016.
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