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  • ENDANGERED SPECIES TRAFFICKING
  • ELEPHANT, RHINOCEROS & TIGER PARTS TRADE
  • SHARK FINNING
Winning Issue » SHARK FINNING


Worldwide, over one quarter of all shark species are threatened or endangered by unsustainable fishing methods. Each year, over 70 million sharks are killed for their fins, cartilage, meat and liver oil. When finning, fishermen cut off its Dorsal fin and throw the living shark back into the sea to face a cruel and wasteful death. Since sharks mature slowly, have slow reproductive rates and produce few offspring, they are highly vulnerable to extinction. Much of the shark’s demise is due to the demand for shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy served in restaurants worldwide. Bycatch, the taking of a non-targeted fish by commercial fisheries, also accounts for many shark deaths - and their continuing decline. Although, shark finning is illegal in U.S. waters, fins can still be imported from countries where finning is allowed and sold here. This policy not only increases the demand for the soup, but fuels an illegal fin market here because it’s difficult to tell the difference between an imported fin and an illegal one taken in U.S. waters.

Proposed Legislation: Reintroduction of S.1106 - Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act of 2021
Prospective Sponsor: Sen. Cory Booker (NJ)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current shark finning policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Leader Charles Schumer (NY).
  • I support making it illegal to possess, buy, sell, or transport shark fins or any product containing shark fins; allowing a person to possess a shark fin that was lawfully taken consistent with a license or permit; providing the maximum civil penalty for each violation to be $100,000, or the fair market value of the shark fins involved, whichever is greater, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Sen. Cory Booker (NJ) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support making it illegal to possess, buy, sell, or transport shark fins or any product containing shark fins; allowing a person to possess a shark fin that was lawfully taken consistent with a license or permit; providing the maximum civil penalty for each violation to be $100,000, or the fair market value of the shark fins involved, whichever is greater, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Sen. Cory Booker (NJ) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Sen. Cory Booker (NJ) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider either reintroducing S.1106 - Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act of 2021, or a similar version thereof.

If elected as a trustee, Conservation International will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used advocate for stopping the practice of shark finning.

Mission: Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, Conservation International empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity. We seek to double the world’s ocean area under protection while innovating new ways to sustain marine fisheries. We do this by helping countries secure and monitor their waters; enabling the inclusion of coastal habitats in climate policies; and disrupting damaging practices in the seafood sector. Since our inception, we’ve helped to protect more than 2.3 million square miles of land and sea across more than 70 countries. Currently with offices in 29 countries and 2,000 partners worldwide, our reach is truly global.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
March 13, 2023
Trustee Election - Closing Date
March 20, 2023