Grassroots effort leads to Shark fin trade ban in Canada, first in G20 countries
Canada, following a significant grassroots effort by Oceana, became the first G20 country to ban the trade of shark fins in its borders. The practice of shark finning has been illegal in Canadian waters for years; however, Canada was the largest importer of shark fins outside of Asia. Oceana’s campaign generated more than 300,000 petition signatures and thousands of emails and phone calls to Members of Parliament calling on them to protect sharks. This ban is part of Canada’s new Fisheries Act which passed into law on June 18, 2019.