The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – the agency responsible for “fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce” – believes that Hawaii’s shark fin ban is incompatible with federal fishing rules. They could turn back the clock on shark conservation by introducing an amendment to the Shark Conservation Act that would negate Hawaii’s ban on the shark fin trade.
Hawaii was the first state to prohibit the shark fin trade back in 2010 and since then several other states including California, Oregon and New York have also abolished the trade. The Pew Charitable Trusts have introduced a petition to support Hawaii’s shark fin ban.
Sign the petition here.