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30 May 2010 @ 07:15 am
HONOLULU, May 29 (UPI) -- Shark conservation groups are praising Hawaii, which has become the first U.S. state to ban the sale, possession or distribution of shark fins.

Violating the ban could prove expensive.

The new ban orders state restaurants to stop selling shark-fin soup by July 2011, or face fines of up to $15,000 for a first offense, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported. The fines rise to $35,000 for a second offense, and rise to $50,000 and a year in jail for a third offense, the report said.

Some estimates say up to 70 million sharks are killed annually for their fins, causing scientists and conservation groups to worry about the long-term survival of many species, the newspaper said. Shark-finning consists of slicing fins from live sharks and dumping their bodies overboard.

Gov. Linda Lingle signed the law that tries to halt the importation of shark fins, the primary ingredient in soup sold mostly in Asian communities and markets, the newspaper said.

"People from around the world have been following this Hawaii bill every step of the way," Mary O'Malley of the New York-based conservation group Shark Savers told the Star-Bulletin. "The success of the bill has motivated people in Hong Kong, Malaysia, other states in the U.S., Canada and even Ireland to seek shark-fin-ban legislation modeled after the Hawaii bill."


14 August 2009 @ 12:00 pm

The "Mutts" comic strip has been running a pro-shark conservation series -


26 June 2009 @ 09:31 am
The great and scalloped hammerhead sharks and the giant devil ray are globally endangered, IUCN said. The basking and oceanic whitetip sharks, two Mako species and three Thrashers join the iconic great white shark as globally vulnerable to extinction.

26 April 2009 @ 07:56 am

Scotland leads way in shark protection plan

Published Date: 26 April 2009
By Nicholas Christian
WILDLIFE campaigners have welcomed Scottish Government plans to give greater protection to sharks.
Ministers want to introduce new curbs on the practice of removing sharks' fins, and say Scotland will lead the rest of Europe.

Shark fins are highly prized in Asia for processing and using in shark-fin soup.

EU countries are the main exporters
of shark fins to China and a Europe-wide action plan was agreed at Thursday's meeting of the fisheries council in Brussels.

Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said the plans for Scottish waters went further.

"We know some shark populations are critically endangered, and that is why we are proposing even tougher restrictions in Scotland, sending out a strong message," he said.

Special fishing permits for taking sharks' fins were first issued in Scotland in 2004.

The only Scottish-based boats which request the permits are Anglo-Spanish vessels administered from Ayr and Ullapool.

If approved, the new restrictions would ban the granting of permits other than in exceptional circumstances.

Lochhead said: "We are one of Europe's most important fishing nations and we have a huge interest in maintaining the sustainability of our seas, their stocks and the wider marine ecosystem.

"I welcome the fact that across Europe, commitments are being made to review existing regulations on shark finning. I strongly believe it's a wasteful and damaging practice. In Scotland we will not sit back and wait for things to happen. We are determined to develop robust, workable procedures, proving beyond doubt that we are leading the rest of Europe on the conservation front."

Ali Hood, director of conservation for the Shark Trust, said: "The shark fin trade encourages unsustainable mortality and unacceptable waste – these proposals will ensure compliance and potentially reduce the requests for permits to near zero.

"Mr Lochhead has recognised the urgent need for strict management measures for sharks and Scotland is setting a fine example to the rest of the UK and Europe."

Louize Hill, marine policy officer at WWF Scotland, said: "

Only effective control and enforcement, such as the measures proposed here, will protect these vulnerable species.

"Once again Scotland looks set to be at the forefront of fisheries conservation."

13 June 2008 @ 09:44 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KHNL) - A bill intended to crack down on the harvest of sharks for their fins was approved by the House Natural Resources Committee.

Lawmakers praised the bill as a way to ensure responsible fishing practices.

"There's a hell of a lot of two-legged sharks around that are a lot more dangerous than the ones with fins in the ocean," said Rep. Neil Abercrombie.

The measure would strengthen enforcement of an existing federal prohibition on removing the fins of a shark and discarding the carcass, which was first established in the Shark Finning Prohibition Act of 2000.



24 January 2007 @ 05:20 pm
Rare prehistoric shark filmed alive in Japan:

08 January 2007 @ 03:54 pm
Online megastore, Amazon, sells everything from books to electronics to home decor. But there's no room in its product line for shark fin soup.

This so-called delicacy exploits a population that is already threatened with extinction. Shark finning involves cutting off the shark’s fins while it is still alive, and then tossing the body back into to the sea, dead or dying. Up to 73 million sharks are killed every year to support the international shark fin market.

Amazon has already discontinued one brand of shark fin soup thanks to consumer response. Now we need to get ALL shark fin products removed from its virtual shelves.
13 November 2006 @ 10:18 pm
Here are some pics I took on a shark dive to the Hol Chan cut in Belize.
You mostly find Nurse sharks and Reef sharks here, and they're used to divers
so they don't get scared away by the sound of your regulator. I know it's not much,
but maybe it will start some discussion about sharks and how to protect them -

A nice shot of a Nurse Shark. The water off Ambergris Cay is really clear -

Three Nurse Sharks and some silver jacks -

27 December 2005 @ 11:40 pm
The best way you can personally help to stop the overfishing is to stop buying fish products.