As keystone species in the ecosystem responsible for producing at least half of the oxygen in the air we breathe, sharks are important not just to the oceans but to our survival as well. We're urging world leaders at every level to join leading nations and states such as Hawaii, California, New York and many of the Pacific Islands to BAN THE TRADE, SALE AND POSSESSION OF SHARK FIN PRODUCTS. In doing so, we will be giving sharks a much needed chance to recover, while protecting our oceans, and all who depend upon them.
Shark finning violates the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries as more than 95% of the shark is wasted. It also violates the UN FAO Intl Plan for the Conservation and Management of Sharks.
“Finning” bans have proven to be ineffective in reducing the global slaughter of sharks, due to the high incentives to get shark fins at all cost. Therefore, only a ban of the very product that is driving the trade will put an end to this global disaster.