Hopefully that doesn't change soon though.
Agreed. Right now - I believe most Animal Rights activists in D.C. are much more concern with issues like illegal shark finning than the much smaller number of sharks being sold to private aquarists. But once the issue of shark finning is taken care of - if it ever is - then they will likely turn to possibility of stopping importation of sharks.
This is why private aquarists who love sharks & rays should start breeding programs. So that we have more than 5-6 species of sharks available when the importation ban finally comes.