Sunday, May 29, 2022

Shark Fin Ban Moves Forward In the Senate


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 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.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life!