We are happy to announce that the Florida Senate Bill SB680, which curbs the import, export and sale of shark fins in Florida, has passed in both the House and Senate. It now heads to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. We have come so far. We are one signature away from passing this critical legislation.
This bill has limitations. However, it’s passage would mean a big step forward for shark conservation, especially as Florida is the import hub in the US for shark fins.
Under this new legislation:
1. Foreign shark fin imports would no longer be allowed.
2. Only federal permit holders could possess detached shark fins. Only vendors with a federal permit could sell, trade or possess shark fins. Only existing permits are acceptable. No future permits will be issued.