Protect Sharks to Protect our Oceans

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Originally Posted: 31 Oct 2010

Protect Sharks to Protect our Oceans

FROM  Oceana

ACTION

Tell your Senators to pass the Shark Conservation Act, Senate Bill 850. Some populations have declined by as much as 99 percent in the past 35 years.

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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Every year, 73 million sharks are caught for their fins to feed the growing worldwide demand for shark fin soup. This has led to drastic declines in shark populations around the world. Some populations have declined by as much as 99 percent in the past 35 years.

Sharks are a vital part of the world's ocean, maintaining a healthy balance. And now, they need your help.

The Shark Conservation Act would require that sharks be landed with their fins still attached, thus solving enforcement issues and facilitating better data collection. It also closes a loophole related to the transfer of fins at sea, which allows bad actors to circumvent the current law. Additionally, the bill allows the U.S. to take actions against countries that have weaker protections for sharks.


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