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US Senate passes Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act by Chris Chase June 11,2021   |  Source: SeafoodSource

The U.S. Senate has passed the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (SFSEA), moving a commercial ban on the trade of shark fins and products containing shark fins closer to reality.

The U.S. Senate ended up passing the bill on 8 June as part of a broader legislative package – the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act. That bill will now head down to the U.S. House, where both chambers will negotiate the final form of the package.

The likelihood of the language of the SFSEA reamining included in the legislation is high, as U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and U.S. Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (I-Mariana Islands) reintroduced the standalone act in April. They first introduced the bill in 2019, where it passed with strong bipartisan support before stalling in the Senate.

“The strong, bipartisan support for this legislation sends a clear message that we have to pay more attention to protecting the Earth’s oceans and the life within those oceans,” Sablan said. “Banning the sale of shark fins to help end this wasteful and cruel practice is important, but just a small step on the way to giving the oceans the full respect they must have in federal law. Ultimately, all life on Earth depends on the health of the oceans.”

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