Shark lovers in the US are thankful for the vote on the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act in Congress this past week, in time for the Thanksgiving holiday!
The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (H.R. 737) passes the House this past week with the goal of eliminating the sale, purchase, and possession of shark fins in the United States. The bill was Introduced by Representatives Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (I-MP) and Michael McCaul (R-TX) and passed by a vote of 310-107.
This is not the first measure the US Congress has decided on related to shark conservation and shark finning. In 2000, lawmakers passed the Shark Finning Prohibition Act, banning the possession of shark fins in U.S. waters absent the rest of the shark’s body. A decade later, in 2010, Congress passed the Shark Conservation Act, which required fishermen in U.S. waters to bring sharks ashore whole, with fins attached.
Fortunately, the Bahamas is already a shark sanctuary and so no shark fishing of any kind is allowed. This makes our Bahamas Shark Diving some of the best in the world!