In Support of Shark Fin Legislation
The demand for shark fins is one of the greatest threats endangering shark populations around the world.
· 100 million sharks are killed each year. Fins from up to 73 million sharks end up in the shark fin trade.
· 70 percent of the 14 most common shark species involved in the trade are considered at high or very high risk of extinction, according to the IUCN
· Some shark populations have declined by more than 90 percent in recent decades due to overfishing
Current regulations have not proven effective. As a nation, the United States should not participate in or enable the international trade of a product that is decimating species and damaging the balance of the oceans. Every State must take responsibility for their involvement in the trade. As a State that is surrounded by water and that has ports that are international trade hubs, Florida must take a strong stand on the issue.
We, the undersigned, respectfully ask the Florida State Legislature to support and move forward the measures proposed to prohibit the sale and trade of shark fins. H99 and S (tbd). We thank the bill sponsors and leadership in the Senate and the House for their support.