Why Florida?

 
Stefanie Brendl

Stefanie Brendl

 

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN FLORIDA?

12 U.S. States have decided to move ahead with a fin trade prohibitions. Florida is the ONLY state where two attempts to pass a bill have failed, despite the fact that it is now the hub for the fin trade in the US. Miami Herald: Miami now nation's top importer of shark fins.

Although shark finning is illegal in U.S. waters (Shark Conservation Act of 2010), and in the State of Florida, the act is still occurring Miami Herald - Butchered shark fins seized...

Another Miami Herald article explains the situation in the region in detail:  "...Florida now ranks as the largest importer of shark fins in the country, according to Oceana. And shark fins from Central America often pass through Miami International Airport on their way to Hong Kong, according to data supplied by the private trade data aggregate ImportGenius. It wasn’t always that way. For years, Los Angeles and then Houston were the transit hubs for Central American fins. But as Texas and California tightened restrictions, the exports moved to Florida. Between 2015 and the middle of 2017, Costa Rican companies alone moved 180,000 pounds of dried shark fins through MIA on their way to Asia using two small logistics companies. Those fins were valued at almost $2.5 million dollars. It’s nearly impossible to know if any of the shark fins flown through MIA were from endangered species. But a 2017 independent analysis of shark fin clippings imported to Hong Kong suggests that a third of the fins may come from internationally protected species....."

Read the complete article "War on Sharks - How rogue fishing fleets plunder the ocean's top predator."

Stefanie Brendl