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Urgent Action Alert - Shark Fin Trade Ban in Danger!
There’s been huge progress lately in the global campaign to end the shark fin trade. Now the National Marine Fisheries Service is threatening to reverse some of the most important gains.
You can take action by July 31 — and make a difference.
Eight states have enacted laws that ban the shark fin trade. Monterey Bay Aquarium was proud to sponsor the California law that took final effect on July 1. New York became the latest to ban the trade in a bill signed last week.
All these state bans will be overturned if the fisheries service adopts a proposed rule declaring that the Federal government, not states, has sole authority to regulate shark fin imports.
This sends the wrong message to countries that still target tens of millions of sharks each year just for their fins.
Your voice matters. Speak out now.
You have two days to tell the National Marine Fisheries Service that you want sharks protected and the state bans on the fin trade to remain in effect.
It takes three simple steps.
1. Go to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration “Comment” page and click the “Comment Now” link.
2. Copy the letter below and paste into the Comments box.
3. Enter your name and contact information in the spaces provided’ then click “Continue”. On the last page you’ll have a chance to review your information before clicking “Submit Comment”.
Don’t let shark fin trade bans in California and seven other states be overturned!
Draft Letter: Copy & paste to save the shark fin ban
Fishery Policy Analyst
National Marine Fisheries Service
1315 East- West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Re: Proposed rule to implement the Shark Conservation Act of 2010—NOAA-NMFS-2012-0092
Dear Ms. Marshall:
I am writing to comment on the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) proposed rule to implement the Shark Conservation Act of 2010 (SCA). While I support NMFS’ effort to implement the SCA, I disagree with NMFS’ proposal to block states from implementing their own bans on the shark fin trade. This proposal would undermine efforts by U.S. states to protect sharks from the global trade in shark fins.
The Shark Conservation Act of 2010 addressed the landing and possession of shark fins caught in U.S. waters, but it did not directly address the trade in detached shark fins. Most processed shark fins sold in the U.S. are imported, and there is currently no global mechanism to trace shark fins from fisheries to markets. Thus, it is nearly impossible to determine whether a shark fin comes from a federally-managed legal fishery or was imported from an area with little or no regulation of shark-finning.
Over the past several years, several U.S. states, including California and New York, have enacted laws to address this gap in shark conservation by prohibiting the trade in fins. These laws are an important part of the global movement to reduce demand for shark fins, end the shark fin trade, and to protect sharks around the world.
NMFS’ proposal to block these bans would take away this tool and send the wrong message to countries that continue to target sharks for their fins.
If the U.S. is going to fully address the shark fin trade and continue to lead the world in shark conservation, we must allow states to regulate shark fins. Please preserve states’ rights to protect sharks by withdrawing all language in the proposed rule that would prevent states from banning the trade in shark fins. Thank you for considering my comments on this important matter.