Guam – President Barack Obama has signed the Shark Conservation Act of 2010 into law.
The Shark Conservation Act of 2010 was introduced on January 6, 2009, by Congresswoman Bordallo as Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans, and Wildlife. Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts introduced companion legislation, S. 850, in the U.S. Senate.
In a release, Congresswoman Bordallo writes that H.R. 81 reconfirms the original intent of Congress to prevent shark finning by prohibiting the removal of fins at sea and the possession, transference, or landing of fins not naturally attached to the corresponding carcass.
“I thank Senator Kerry for his support of the Shark Conservation Act of 2010 and President Obama for signing this bill into law,” said Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo. “This critical conservation measure and enforcement mechanism will help to end the wasteful and abusive practice of shark finning and make the United States a world leader in shark conservation. This legislation strengthens the enforcement of shark finning, the understanding of regional and cultural variations in fishing practices, the cultural demand for ocean products, and the health of ecosystems that support our fisheries. Putting an end to shark finning is imperative to the conservation of this species and I look forward to seeing these important measures properly implemented.