What is Shark Finning?
Shark finning is the practice of removing the fins from a captured shark, and discarding the animal at sea, still living or dead. Often, sharks are captured as bycatch- as an untargeted animal- in the tuna and swordfish industry. In the past, live sharks were released, but the high value and increased market for shark fins is creating huge incentive for fishermen to take the fins and discard the animal, leaving room in the ship’s hold for the more valuable meat of the tuna or swordfish. Shark finning is wasteful, inhumane and unsustainable.
Sea Stewards is taking a stand against Unsustainable Shark Fishing
Finning and harvesting sharks for fins and meat is proving unsustainable. There is no reputable source for shark fins and consumers have no method of determining if their soup is from a managed fishery or from a high seas shark finning operation. Therefore Sea Stewards believes that all shark fin products should be declared illegal to stem the tide of illegally finned sharks and give shark populations a chance to recover. We are sponsors and supporters of AB 376, the State Bill to ban the sale of shark fin and now sponsoring shark fin trade legislation in other US States. As of 2012 sales of new shark fin is prohibited in California and existing stocks must be sold by July 2013. Scroll to the bottom for Restaurants in San Francisco who serve shark fin soup.
Sea Stewards Director David McGuire on Shark Finning