From Green Right Now Reports
Sharks will be protected from the wasteful, inhumane practice of shark-finning in U.S. waters with the U.S. House passage today of the Shark Conservation Act.
The bill, which the Senate passed yesterday, will strongly discourage “finning” by requiring that fishing boats bring sharks to land whole. It also will forbid the transfer of fins at sea by U.S. fishing vessels.
Oceana’s federal policy director Beth Lowell, praised Congress for getting to the measure before adjourning, saying that the U.S. is showing leadership in protecting oceans.
“Oceana applauds Congress and its ocean heroes for passing such an important piece of legislation,” said Lowell, who called out sponsors Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Congresswomen Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam).
The Shark Conservation Act improves prior legislation intended to help shark populations and allows the U.S. to take action against countries that remain lax on the issue.
Each year millions of sharks are killed just for their fins, a practice that has devastated shark populations around the world, and rippled through ecosystems, which need top predators to remain healthy.
“2010 may mark a turning point for shark conservation,” Lowell said in a statement. “Today’s decision builds on measures put into place last month to protect several shark species in the Atlantic Ocean, including oceanic whitetips, which have declined by more than 99 percent in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, the state of Hawaii has outlawed the sale of shark fin soup.”
- To read more about sharks visit Oceana’s website.