June 14, 2021

SUFB 1172: The US Passed More Than Just A Shark Fin Ban

SUFB 1172: The US Passed More Than Just A Shark Fin Ban

The US government passed a bill that will ban the sale and/or purchase of shark fins in the United States. There is more to the bill than a shark fin ban, which will address in a second. The shark fin ban has had some controversy over the past years...


The US government passed a bill that will ban the sale and/or purchase of shark fins in the United States. There is more to the bill than a shark fin ban, which will address in a second.

The shark fin ban has had some controversy over the past years where some shark scientists have spoken out on the policy as punishing sustainable shark fishers who fish for sharks legally in the US. The ban of fin sales will effectively leave them out of the equation. Not everyone thinks the ban is bad. In fact, a number of conservationists and scientists think that the ban of sales/purchases of shark fins in the US will help protect sharks in the future. 

An additional benefit of the bill is that it includes measures to address fisheries slavery and illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing of imported seafood.  This addition provides regulations for companies that import seafood to ensure the seafood is sustainable. 

Link To Article: https://usa.oceana.org/press-releases/senate-passes-ban-us-shark-fin-trade-world-oceans-day

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