Fin and Finning Campaigns

Since 201o the cities and states below have passed successful shark fin bans. Other Island nations and the State of Hawaii have 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 like Costa Rica who have such regulation to enforce them.


  • Hawaii
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • California

Proposed State Bans

  • Maryland
  • Texas
  • New York
  • Illinois
  • Florida
  • New Jersey


  • 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

Indian Ocean

  • Maldives


  • Honduras (Shark Sanctuary)
  • Belize

Central America

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

Australia & New Zealand

  • It is illegal to fin sharks in Australian & New Zealand waters but there are no shark fin regulations. 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.


Singapore A bill has been introduced in Singapore to ban the sale of shark fins, the first on the continent.

Hong Kong

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.



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 shark fin movement.  South Africa has a law against finning.