The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act of 2021 was passed by the U.S. Senate earlier this month.
The legislationl would make it illegal to sell, transport, or buy shark fins or any product containing shark fins. The only exception is when the fin was taken lawfully in accordance with a specific license or permit.
The bill contains stiff penalties following the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, with those caught in possession of shark fins facing a fine up to $100,000 or the value of the fins, whichever is greater.
To become law, the bill must now pass in the House of Representatives, after which it must be signed by President Biden.
The folks at seasave.org are asking for help to get this bill through the House by directly petitioning your representative. The passage of the bill would make the U.S. a world leader in shark conservation.
You can find your prewritten letter for your representative here.