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Shark Finning Report to Congress

Shark finning—a process of removing shark fins at sea and discarding the rest of the shark—has been prohibited in the United States by federal law since 2000. The Shark Finning Prohibition Act of 2000 amended the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) to prohibit any person under U.S. jurisdiction from engaging in the finning of sharks, possessing shark fins aboard a fishing vessel without the corresponding carcass, and landing shark fins without the corresponding carcass.

The Shark Finning Prohibition Act required NOAA Fisheries to create regulations for implementation, initiate discussions with other nations to develop international agreements on shark finning and data collection, provide Congress with annual reports describing efforts to implement the Shark Finning Prohibition Act, and establish research programs. Below is the current Shark Finning Report to Congress.

Current Report to Congress

2016 Shark Finning Report to Congress
Report Appendix

In 2010, Congress strengthened the existing ban on shark finning by passing the Shark Conservation Act. The Shark Conservation Act amended the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act and the Magnuson-Stevens Act and prohibits any person from removing shark fins at sea or possessing, transferring, or landing shark fins unless they are naturally attached to the corresponding carcass.