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Oceana Victory—NOAA Backs Down from Undermining State Fin Bans!

Posted Fri, Feb 7, 2014 by Amelia Vorpahl to noaa, shark, shark fin ban, shark fin trade

Oceana ran a series of Metro ads urging NOAA to side with sharks, not shark finners. (Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

After months of public campaigning and pressure by Oceana and other conservation groups, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has officially backed down from a proposal that would undermine bans on the sale of shark fins in Washington, Maryland and California. NOAA has not yet ruled on other states, or clarified whether it will drop disturbing language in a new shark fishing rule.


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Fins Are Finished

Posted Wed, Jan 22, 2014 by Justine Hausheer to noaa, shark fin ban, shark fin soup, sharks

(Photo: Choo Yut Shing)

Each year, millions of sharks are slaughtered for their fins to meet the demand for shark fin soup. Over the past few years, several U.S. states passed laws against the trade in shark fins to help shut down the market. In the recent issue of Oceana magazine, we reveal how a government agency is taking steps to undermine these bans.


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CEO Note: NOAA Could Undermine State Shark Fin Bans

Posted Tue, Nov 26, 2013 by Andy Sharpless to andrew sharpless, ceo note, noaa, shark fin ban, sharks

(Photo: USFWS Headquarters)

You might not have heard, but sharks are in trouble from an unlikely source—our own federal government. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the government agency tasked with managing our nation’s fisheries, is taking steps to undermine state laws that protect sharks.


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Hong Kong Bans Shark Fin Soup at Government Functions

Posted Mon, Sep 16, 2013 by Justine Sullivan to 100 million sharks, hong kong, shark fin ban, shark fin soup

Dried shark fins are the key ingredient in shark fin soup. (Photo: Choo Yut Shing) 

We have some encouraging news for you out of Hong Kong – the government of Hong Kong announced that it will no longer serve shark fin soup at government functions, and that it will encourage government-funded bodies to do the same.


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Second-Biggest Shark-Catching Country in World BANS SHARK FINNING

Posted Wed, Aug 28, 2013 by Justine Sullivan to india, shark, shark fin ban, shark fin soup, shark finning

This 2010 map shows the top 20 countries annual shark catch worldwide. India, ranking #2, has moved to ban shark finning throughout the country and its waters. l Image: FAO Fisheries Department

“This news is big, and we are absolutely thrilled to share it with you – India has moved to outlaw shark finning! India ranks second only to Indonesia in terms of the number of sharks caught each year, so this ban is a major victory for ever-dwindling shark populations.

The brutal practice of shark finning involves slicing off a shark’s fins, often while the shark is still alive, then tossing the shark back into the water to drown or bleed to death. Shark meat is far less valuable than their fins, which means that their bodies take up precious cargo space, creating an incentive to only keep the most valuable parts and allowing more sharks to be caught on each trip.  The United States and European Union have already banned the practice of shark finning in their respective waters


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California's Shark Fin Ban Officially in Effect! The Catch Is...

Posted Tue, Jul 2, 2013 by Justine Sullivan to california, finning, national marine fisheries service, shark fin, shark fin ban, shark fin soup

California has banned shark fins within the state...for now

Let's start with the good news: As of yesterday, July 1, California's shark fin ban (passed in 2011) officially came into effect! California grocers that stocked shark fins and restaurants that offered shark fin soup on the menu had 18 months to move their product. During the 18 month interim, the Los Angeles Times reports that one San Gabriel Valley restaurant specializing in the delicacy shut down, while several retailers in Chinatown bemoaned the large stock of shark fins still at hand. 


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Brunei Becomes First Asian Country to Ban Shark Finning!

Posted Tue, Jun 18, 2013 by Justine Sullivan to asia, brunei, delicacy, extinct, overfishing, shark fin, shark fin ban, shark fin soup, shark finning

Brunei's strong ban on shark finning sets an admirable step for the rest of Asia to follow! Photo: Wikimedia Commons

We have some big news for  you –Brunei has become the first Asian country to adopt a nationwide shark fin ban! With his June 7 announcement, Sultan Hossanal Bolkiah’s decree officially banned the catch and landing of all shark species from the waters of Brunei Darussalam, as well as shark fin sales in the domestic market, and the importation and trade of shark products.


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Delaware Sends Shark Fin Ban to Governor

Posted Thu, May 2, 2013 by Sarah Williamson to shark fin ban, shark finning, sharks

Less than one week after passing the state Assembly, the Delaware state Senate has signed on to a bill banning the trade of shark fins within the state’s borders. 

The states spanning the entire West Coast, plus Hawaii and Illinois, already have shark fin bans in place.  In Maryland, a similar bill was just signed into law today by Governor Martin O'Malley, and the New York Legislature is considering a ban as well.

The gruesome practice of shark finning—slicing off a shark’s fins and throwing the body overboard, often while still alive—is illegal in the United States.  But shark fin soup remains a pricey Asian delicacy, often selling for up to $100 a bowl, and fins can be imported from other countries where the practice is legal.


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Delaware to Consider Shark Fin Trade Ban

Posted Wed, Jun 27, 2012 by Amelia Vorpahl to bill, delaware, east coast, law, shark fin ban, shark fin soup, shark finning

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The demand for shark fins puts endangered shark species at higher risk ©Oceana/LX

With the session ending in just three days, Delaware may become the first East Coast state to ban the shark fin trade. HB 324, the bill banning the sale, trade, possession and distribution of shark fins throughout the state, has already passed the Delaware State Assembly and it’s now up to the Senate to finish the job.

Shark fins are primarily used for shark fin soup, a delicacy in many Asian communities. This demand for shark fins, however, drives the cruel practice of shark finning, slicing a shark’s fins off and throwing the body overboard. This bill would decrease the demand for fins, and prevent Delaware from becoming a state used to transport fins to larger markets in other East Coast states, like New York.

Some species of sharks have declined by as much as 99 percent, mainly from the demand for shark fins. As the top predators in the ocean food chain, sharks help keep our oceans in balance. 

The importance of passing a shark fin ban bill in Delaware is a small step in a bigger picture. Other states that have enacted laws banning shark fin sales include California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii, and similar legislation is awaiting Governor Pat Quinn’s signature in Illinois.

Oceana commends the Delaware State Assembly on their important action to save sharks, and calls upon the Delaware Senate to do the same! 


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