DEMA: U.S. Shark Fin Sales Ban Legislation Now Has 126 Sponsors

DEMA: U.S. Shark Fin Sales Ban Bill Now Has 126 Sponsors
DEMA: U.S. Shark Fin Sales Ban Bill Now Has 126 Sponsors

Legislation to ban shark fin sales in the United States is gaining steam, according to the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association.

While shark finning is illegal in U.S. waters, lawmakers in both U.S. chambers of Congress — the House of Representatives and the Senate — have introduced similar bills that would ban the buying and selling of shark fins in the country.

Last month, DEMA began urging all USA-based divers to call on their elected congressional representatives to support the legislation.

As of June 22nd, 126 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on to sponsor passage of the bill, according to DEMA.

DEMA said in a recent post:

“We appreciate your support in the passage of this bill and ask all members of the diving industry to join us in contacting your legislators to vote for the passage of this important piece of legislation.”

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John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.