The National Shark Fin Elimination Act

 Sharks are hunted around the world for their fins.

Sharks are hunted around the world for their fins.



making the UNited States a global leader in shark conservation.

Earlier this year Congress introduced the bipartisan Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act, which would ban the trade of shark fins in the United States. A nationwide ban on the sale of shark fins is the best way to ensure that the U.S. is not supporting shark finning. This bill would not only remove the U.S. from the fin trade altogether, but it would also reinforce our status as a global leader in shark conservation. 

Senate Bill S. 793    
Lead sponsors: Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.)

House Bill H.R. 1456
Lead sponsors: Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D-M.P.)

For more information and some excellent data sheets, check out Oceana’s page on the Act.



If Congress Passes the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act, it would remove the United States from the international fin trade. 

The support for the Fin ban is growing, including:

  • 500 U.S. businesses and organizations support
  • 150 scientists
  • 150+ chefs
  • 85 surfers and surf businesses
  • 9 aquariums
  • multiple recreational fishing groups.
  • 12 U.S. states have banned the trade of shark fins,

Polling has revealed 8 in 10 Americans support a national fin ban. Please take action by adding your name to this petition:

Stefanie Brendl