The National Shark Fin Elimination Act

Sharks are hunted around the world for their fins.

Sharks are hunted around the world for their fins.



Let’s try again

The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act, which would ban the trade of shark fins in the United States did not make it through Congress last year. The fin ban had a lot of support, but it just ran out of time. Advocates are not giving up, and just last week (January 23, 2019), the act was re-introduced as H.R. 737. It will have to start back at the beginning, but the support gathered the previous years will help it quickly gain ground.

YOU CAN HELP, Tell your member of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a nationwide ban on the buying and selling 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. For more information and some excellent data sheets, check out Oceana’s page on the Act. If you are wondering why there are campaigns on a National as well as State level (Florida), read this blog: “Why do we need State legislation when there is a proposal for a National law?”

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