Put An End to Brutal Shark Finning
Each year, millions of sharks are brutally maimed and killed, just for their fins. Sharks are vitally important to our waters, helping balance marine ecosystems in their role as apex predators.
The Shark Conservation Act would end shark finning in U.S. waters and make us world leaders in shark conservation.
There are only a few months left in this Congressional session. Tell your Senators TODAY that you demand shark protections and the passage of the Shark Conservation Act.
Sharks have been swimming in the world’s oceans for more than 400 million years. While sharks have been able to survive periods of global mass extinctions, they have not evolved to withstand destructive fishing practices. The increased catch of these top predators has resulted in ecosystems changes throughout the world's oceans.
The growing demand for shark products, especially for shark fins, has led to drastic declines in shark populations around the world. Some populations have declined by as much as 99% in the past 35 years.
The Shark Conservation Act of 2009 (S. 850) would require that sharks be landed with their fins still attached. This measure would solve enforcement issues and facilitate better data collection for use in stock assessments and quota monitoring. S. 850 also closes a loophole on the transfer of fins at sea, which allows some bad actors to circumvent the current law. Additionally, the bill allows the U.S. to take actions against countries that have weaker protections for sharks.
Sharks are in trouble and we cannot afford to lose such a vital part of the world's oceans. I urge you to call for swift action to pass the Shark Conservation Act. The oceans depend on it.
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