On November 20, 2019, the US House made a major move in global shark conservation and passed HR 737 to ban the sale and trade of shark fins in the USA. The companion Senate Bill S 877 (Cory Booker, D. NJ) passed through Senate committees in 2019 and placed on the 2/12/2019 placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar. The bill was included in the Federal end of year spending package to be forwarded to the President but was excluded by Senator Marco Rubio. This law would ban the sale and trade of shark fin in the USA, protecting domestic sharks and saving oceanic sharks in peril.
This bill (HR 2811) has now been reintroduced by Representatives Sablan and McCaul to pass through the Congress. Please show your support.
“The USA facilitates the global decline of sharks through consumption and import/export of unsustainably harvested shark fins. We should be an example to China and the rest of the world by demonstrating that sharks are important to ocean health, and ban the sale and trade of shark fin.”David McGuire, Director Shark Stewards
Globally shark populations are on the decline. A 2020 study found 71% of all sharks and rays are threatened with extinction. Sharks are being overfished at an alarming rate, and the shark fin trade is threatening large species of sharks such as blue sharks with extinction. Join Shark Stewards supporting the reintroduction of the US Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act in 2021.
Shark finning is the unsustainable and inhumane practice of cutting off a shark’s fins, often while the shark is still alive, and discarding the body into the ocean. The fins are used in the luxury shark fin soup and other dishes. Once an expensive dish limited to the nobility, shark fin soup is now widely sold to millions of consumers. As economies grow in Asia, a dish once reserved for the elite is now available to the middle class, and is in huge demand among many Asian communities in China and around the world, including across the United States. Although shark finning is illegal in the USA, the sale and trade of fins is still allowed in most US states and shark fins are imported and re-exported thereby contributing to shark finning and other illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing of sharks. The trade in shark fin is increasing shark catch, placing more pressure on threatened species and is driving overfishing of many shark species.