Surfrider Foundation’s online newsletter Soup is reporting new rules from the National Marine Fisheries Service that federal shark fisheries in the Atlantic ocean and Gulf of Mexico will need to bring shark fins in to port with the carcass of the animal attached. Environmental News Service details the story here.
It’s a grim ruling, but should help to curb the practice of cutting fins from living sharks and then returning the animals directly to sea. Hopefully, the increased load to fishing vessels will reduce profitability. Any ocean lover who has seen video of the bleeding and sinking victims of “the refined palate” for shark fin soup would be enraged by the butchery of these animals.
In their newsletter, Surfrider is advertising a film called Sharkwater that addresses the shark fin fishery directly through one man’s journey of confrontation and discovery. The trailer is terrific. Check it out.