Shark finning is the practice of removing the fins from a captured shark, and discarding the animal at sea, still living or dead. Often, sharks are captured as an untargeted animal (bycatch) in the tuna and swordfish industry. In the past, live sharks were released, but the high value and increased market for shark fins is creating huge incentive for fishermen to take the fins and discard the animal, leaving room in the ship’s hold for the more valuable meat of the tuna or swordfish. Shark finning is wasteful, inhumane and unsustainable.
Shark Stewards is taking a stand against Unsustainable Shark Fishing
Finning and harvesting sharks for fins and meat is unsustainable. Consumers have no method of determining if their soup is from a managed fishery or from a high seas shark finning operation. Because of this, Shark Stewards believes that all shark fin products should be declared illegal to stop a prevailing trend for illegally finned sharks and give shark populations an opportunity to recover.
We are sponsors and supporters of California AB 376, the State Bill to ban the sale of shark fin. As of 2012 sales of new shark fin is prohibited in California and existing stocks must be sold by July 2013.