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 bill then moved to the Senate as S 877 (Booker, D. NJ) where it passed through the commerce committee. This law would ban the sale and trade of shark fin in the USA, protecting domestic sharks and saving oceanic sharks in peril.
Recommended to be included in the 2020 year end legislative package, this bill was eliminated by Florida Senator Marco Rubio. We will work in 2021 to pass this bill through congress to President Biden.
“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. 25% 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.