Posted on: August 31, 2010

New Shark Fin Bill Signed Into Law

Pacific Whale Foundaiton reports that an historic step has been taken in Hawaii to help stop the wasteful and destructive practice known as shark finning. This practice has caused the depletion of many shark populations around the world.

Earlier this month, Hawaii's Governor Linda Lingle signed the nation's first bill to ban shark fins. The new law will prohibit the possession, sale, trade or distribution of shark fins in Hawaii.

This law will reduce the market for the fins, which had been served in "shark fin soup" in Chinese restaurants throughout Hawaii. It's also a big step in raising public awareness about the need to protect sharks.

"We hope other states and countries will follow Hawaii's lead and pass similar laws," says Tracy A. Jones, Executive Director at Pacific Whale Foundation.

"It's easy to protect wildlife, like whales and dolphins, that we all love," she notes. "Fortunately, our members and supporters recognize that sharks play a critical role in keeping our oceans healthy, and also need our protection."

"I want to thank all of you who have sent letters and emails to encourage Hawaii's lawmakers to pass this important new law, " says Jones. "Your participation has made a real and tangible difference on behalf of these important marine animals and the overall health of the ocean."