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Taiwan Set to Become First in Asia to Ban Shark Finning at Sea

Taiwan announced plans on Sunday to require fishermen to keep shark catches fully in tact until they arrive in port, a measure meant to prevent finning at sea. Taiwan, where an estimated 4 million sharks are killed annually, will become the first Asian country to implement such a regulation when it takes effect early next year.

James Sha, Director of Taiwan’s Fisheries Agency, told reporters, “Any violators may be fined, barred from leaving ports, have their catches confiscated or even have their fishing boat licenses revoked.”

Chile, the Bahamas and Fiji Join the Global Movement to Protect Sharks

The global movement against the shark fin trade gains momentum with Chile, the Bahamas and Fiji all introducing legislation this week that would reduce the trade.

Not only is the declining shark population potentially devastating to marine ecosystems, but also certain nations are realizing the economic value of sharks as a tourist draw. According to the Pew Environmental Group, tourism brings in USD$80 million annually in the Bahamas, with each reef shark estimated to be worth about USD$250,000.

Assembly Bill 376 Banning Shark Fin Passes Key Committee in California Senate

Yesterday the California Senate’s Natural Resources Committee voted 5-0 (with two abstentions) to support AB 376, outlawing the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins in California with a strong proviso that some type of amendment be incorporated to allow the possibility of some shark fin from “sustainable” sources.

WildAid, NRDC, The HSUS and Leonardo DiCaprio Urge California State Senators to Save Sharks

Leonardo DiCaprio and a long list of prominent celebrities including athlete Yao Ming, actors Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Megan Fox and pop star Ke$ha have written a joint letter to members of the California State Senate supporting Assembly Bill 376, which would ban the sale of shark fins in California.

An Insider’s Perspective on the Oregon Shark Fin Ban

When a great injustice is being done and when the rational pleas of compassionate people fail to persuade the perpetrators of the injustice to change their ways, and even when there is no shame public enough to change the behavior that causes the injustice, that is where the law begins.

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