Examining the Regulation of Shark Finning in the United States

Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy, and Environment
Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy, and Environment
Hearing Date: November 2, 2017 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB

PURPOSE:

  • To examine existing shark finning legislation and current issues with enforcement and reporting. 

BACKGROUND:

  • Shark finning is the practice of removing the fins of a shark while at sea. Sharks are them thrown back into the water, unable to swim or defend themselves, causing them to die.
  • This practice has been prohibited since Congress enacted the Shark Finning Prohibition Act in 2000. 
  • Congress also passed the Shark Conservation Act of 2010 which directs the Secretary of Commerce to enter international shark conservation agreements comparable to United States law. 
  • Despite existing law, loopholes have created enforcement challenges, resulting in unreported violations. 

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Ms. Lora Snyder Campaign Director Oceana, International Headquarters Document
Ms. Brandi Reeder Assistant Commander Fisheries Law Administrator Law Enforcement Division Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Document
Dr. Alistair D.M. Dove Vice President of Research and Conservation Georgia Aquarium Document