Shark Fin and Finning Campaigns and Shark Sanctuaries

Since 201o the US states below have passed successful shark fin bans, making it illegal to sell, trade and possess shark fins with some exceptions. Other Island nations and the State of Hawaii have also proclaimed their waters Shark Sanctuaries, zones free from shark fishing.
Many countries still do not have a shark finning ban in place. In addition to stopping the shark fin trade, Shark Stewards is working to enact shark finning regulations and help countries who have such regulations to enforce them.

Active Campaigns

Ban the Sale and Trade of Sharks Fin in Texas HB85179.  Send an email of support through our Action Network here.

Bill H5477 has been introduced in Rhode Island.

Bill S.2057 in New Jersey.

H122 in Vermont.

Shark Fin Bans in the USfinned hammerhead

USA States with Shark Fin Trade Bans 2015

  • Hawaii
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • California
  • Illinois
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Massachusetts

Proposed State Bans

  • Texas
  • New Jersey
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont


  • Toronto
  • Mississauga
  • Oakville
  • Pickering
  • Brantford
  • Vancouver- proposed
  • Federal Ban Proposed

Pacific Islands

  • Guam
  • Federated States Micronesia (Shark Sanctuary)
  • Palau (Shark Sanctuary)
  • Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (Shark Sanctuary)
  • Phoenix Islands (Shark Sanctuary)
  • Cook Islands (Shark Sanctuary)
  • French Polynesia (Shark Sanctuary)

Indian Ocean

  • Maldives (Shark Sanctuary)


  • Honduras (Shark Sanctuary)
  • Belize (Shark Sanctuary)
  • Bahamas (Shark Sanctuary)

Central America

  • No shark fin bans exist.
  • Many countries such as Ecuador, Columbia, Costa Rica and Niacragua have shark finning bans but little enforcement.
  • Chile has recently passed a shark finning ban and no shark fishing in territorial waters

Australia & New Zealand

  • It is illegal to fin sharks in Australian & New Zealand waters but there are no shark fin regulations. Addditional pressure has closed a loophole in New Zealand that allowed sharks to be landed with fins detached.  A petition has been started to implement a fin trade ban in Australia.  As a nation with diverse shark populations, many divers and with a large Asian population, efforts should be supported here.


  • Britian (proposed)  Sign the Petition

The EU has proposed a ban to close the loophole of landing sharks with fins detached. This practice makes it difficult to manage the fishery and the fin market, provides incentive to the fin trade and allows more sharks to be killed than are accounted for. If considered one nation the EU would be the largest shark fin trader and shark fishing nation in the world, lead largely by Spain.


  • Raj Ampat, Indonesia (Shark Sanctuary)
  • Malaysia (Current Campaign for Shark Sanctuary)
  • Singapore A bill has been introduced in Singapore to ban the sale of shark fins, the first on the continent.
  • Hong Kong and China

No Asian nation has banned the sale of shark fin. The major consumers, Hong Kong and China must be reached to limit the demand and reduce the practice of shark finning. Trade through Hong Kong has been reduced by as much as 20% with some reports at 50% thanks to advocacy, regulations passed in HK and China banning government members from consuming shark fin soup  and a general awareness.


Shark Stewards is forming an International Shark Coalition to join, develop and support sister organizations in Asia to raise awareness and protect sharks.


There has not been a shark fin movement on the Indian continent. In general the entire shark is consumed, including endangered Whale Sharks. Efforts towards better shark fisheries management would be effective here.


No known organized shark fin movement.  South Africa has a law against shark finning.

Many sharks are killed in African waters by EU fishers and exported.

Madagascar became the first African country to declare itself a shark sancuary effective 2015.