Fins from up to 73-million sharks end up in the global fin trade every year. Shark finning is a wasteful and inhumane practice in which a shark’s fins are cut off and the body discarded at sea to drown. This can include threatened and endangered species. While shark finning is illegal in U.S. waters, fins are still bought and sold here. Florida is the leading importer of shark fins in the U.S. and some restaurants still sell shark fin soup.
Oceana, an international ocean conservation organization, asserts that a nationwide ban on the sale of shark fins is the best way to ensure that the U.S. is not supporting shark finning and protect sharks around the world. Oceana has been working on The Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act (H.R. 1456/S. 793) which has over 260 co-sponsors in the House and Senate and has been endorsed by more than 500 businesses and organizations. If Congress passes this bill, it will remove the U.S. from this devastating trade.
To sign Oceana’s online petition, go to You can also follow Oceana Florida’s Instagram and Facebook page “Oceana Florida” to find out the remaining members of Congress to call.
Submitted by Catherine Uden, South Florida campaign organizer, [email protected],